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Whitmer signs law to end tax on feminine hygiene products

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation Thursday to lift the state sales and use tax on tampons and other feminine hygiene products.

“We’ve been trying to get this done for a long time,” Whitmer after signing the first of two bills in the package.

Whitmer noted she supported similar legislation when she served as a House and Senate lawmaker.

“This transcended many different legislatures and legislators,” she said. “But we are here today and I know it is going to make a difference for every menstruating Michigander.”

Whitmer said the burden of the 6% tax on feminine hygiene products falls most heavily on young women and low-income families, and the estimated $6 million reduction in state revenues is a pittance in comparison. She said for women, feminine hygiene products are a necessity.

“So, repealing this unfair, one-sided tax is the right thing to do,” she said. “Over the course of a lifetime, the average menstruating Michigander will use 17,000 tampons. That’s 456 periods, costing seven to 10 dollars a month.”

Whitmer said Michigan joins 20 other states that don't tax feminine hygiene products.

The governor said women have no choice about whether to buy menstrual products, and the tax is a burden that falls most heavily on lower-income women.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.
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