January 31, 2017 4:38 PM – CBS News Detroit
“”LANSING (WWJ) – Legislation introduced in the state Senate would exempt feminine hygiene products from the Michigan sales and use tax.
It would include tampons, sanitary napkins (aka pads), and similar items.
Bill sponsor, State Representative Brian Elder (D-Bay City), says the state currently exempts everything from Pop tarts and magazines from sales tax. He adds that with feminine hygiene products a necessity for women, it’s unfair that they are forced to pay a 6 percent penalty.
Co-sponsoring the legislation are State Rep. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids), and state Senators David Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights) and Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor).
“This issue is simple for me – feminine hygiene products are essential for the health and well-being of women from their adolescent years through adulthood,” said Sen. Knezek, in a statement. “Instead of classifying these products as luxury item, as the law currently states, we should treat them like the necessity they are. Michigan law exempts a number of medically necessary items from taxation – feminine hygiene products would be a natural addition to that list”…
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