Susan J. Demas
Michigan could become the 11th state to eliminate the tax on feminine hygiene products if legislation introduced this week is signed into law.
State Reps. Brian Elder (D-Bay City) and Tenisha Yancey (D-Harper Woods) announced they’re introducing House Bills 4165 and 4166 that exempt tampons, pads and other products from Michigan’s 6-percent sales and use tax. The School Aid Fund would be held harmless from any loss of revenue. The bills aren’t online yet.
“Women already face economic disparities in their paycheck every payday; there is no reason we should also be forced to pay this additional tax for taking care of our reproductive health,” said Yancey. “It is time for Michigan to remove this unnecessary financial burden once and for all.”
The 10 states that exempt tampons and sanitary napkins from sales tax are: New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Illinois, Minnesota, Maryland, Florida and Nevada. It’s estimated that over the course of their lifetime, women use nearly 17,000 tampons and sanitary napkins.
“I just think women, and men who share a joint checking account with women, deserve a tax cut …” Elder posted on Facebook.
He added that Michigan “already exempts other necessities like food, medicine, certain medical equipment and even newspapers from the sales tax. There is no reason we cannot provide this economic relief, as well.”
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