A new bill, introduced in the California State Assembly by Democrat Cristina Garcia and co-authored by Republican Ling Ling Chang, would make tampons sales tax-free in the state. The measure isn’t unprecedented in the U.S. though. New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota have all made sure sanitary products aren’t taxed.
“This is not insignificant to women, especially poor women on a tight budget who struggle to pay for basic necessities like a box of tampons or pads every month for their adult life,” Garcia wrote in a Facebook post yesterday.
Most women in the U.S. use tampons and the cost definitely adds up over the course of a monthly three to seven-day period. While the proposed bill wouldn’t completely eliminate the inflated cost of being a woman, it would certainly help to alleviate the financial burden women bear.
While saving money on necessary hygiene products sounds great, Garcia highlights the fact that taxes are a hardship for women living in poverty in particular. Passing this bill could save women in Cali serious cash. But what about women across the country and overseas who still pay sales taxes on sanity products? Shouldn’t tampons be tax free across the globe?
As Garcia put it, “If we can’t make them free, we should at least make them more affordable.”