Statement from state Rep. Brian K. Elder (D-Bay City) on the passage of Senate tampon tax elimination bills out of committee

Friday, March 24, 2017

“I am pleased to see that members of the Senate Finance Committee saw the value in these bills that, like our companion bills in the House, would eliminate an unfair financial burden on the women of this state. This is a non-partisan issue, given that it affects Republican and Democratic women equally, forcing them alike to pay a specific tax just for being a woman. Eliminating use and sales tax on feminine hygiene items — products that women need, and by no means should be considered luxury items — is a no-brainer, given how many other items are already considered necessities that deserve exemption. Every dollar saved from not paying this tax is instead another dollar that women across the state can put back into their community, stimulating economic growth. I look forward to seeing these bills taken up on the Senate floor, and sent to the House, where we can show our support for them as well.”