LANSING, Mich., Jan. 26, 2022 — Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivered her fourth State of the State address from Detroit Diesel, outlining her vision for the state and calling for bipartisan collaboration to address the issues that matter most to Michigan’s working families. In her address, she highlighted the tampon tax repeal and proposed a new $2,500 rebate to purchase electric vehicles and charging equipment.

“We need bold, innovative action to move our state forward,” said state Rep. Padma Kuppa (D-Troy). “I am glad the governor highlighted the bipartisan work that my colleagues and I, along with women across the state, did to eliminate the tampon tax. This move brings us one step closer to ending period poverty and providing relief to those who are economically vulnerable.”

Kuppa championed repealing the tampon tax with her own bill and by testifying in favor of bills sponsored by her colleagues to eliminate the 6% tax on tampons, maxi pads, reusable menstrual cups and other menstrual hygiene products. The new law goes into effect on Feb. 3. She recently introduced House Bill 5636 to provide menstrual hygiene products in schools.

A former auto professional and engineer, Kuppa is glad about the investments to future proof our automotive sector. Kuppa’s House Bill 4802 is part of a five-bill package to create the Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Registration Act to protect consumers, regulate the installation of EV charging stations, and install EV charging stations in rest areas off state and U.S. highways.

“Gov. Whitmer’s announcement to invest in EV and charging equipment highlights how our state is taking the initiative needed to remain at the forefront of mobility and electrification, strengthen our economy, and address climate change,” Kuppa said. “I look forward to working with her and my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to continue creating strong EV infrastructure.”