California may soon become the sixth state to banish the “tampon tax,” the controversial tax added to feminine hygiene products like tampons and pads.
Legislators Cristina Garcia (D) and Ling Ling Chang (R) proposed the bill earlier this week, calling the practice of taxing feminine hygiene goods “unjust.”
In a statement, Garcia said,
According to Garcia, women in California spend $20 million in taxes on tampons and pads every year. The high cost, she explained,
If the bill passes, California will join Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey and Pennsylvania as the only states to eliminate the tampon tax. Other tax-exempt products in the state include prescription medication — another medical necessity — and farm equipment.