Legislation will lift financial burden on working families
LANSING, Mich., Oct. 15, 2021 — By a bipartisan vote the Michigan House of Representatives voted to repeal the “tampon tax.” House Bills 4270 and 5267 are a bipartisan package that would exempt tampons, maxi pads, reusable menstrual cups and other menstrual hygiene products from taxation. Currently, menstrual products are taxed 6% by sales and use taxes — leading to Michigan women paying millions annually in taxes from these medically necessary items.
“I am proud that our tireless work has finally paid off,” said state Rep. Padma Kuppa (D-Troy), who recently testified before the Tax Policy committee in support of the legislation and championed the policy this term with her own bill. “With these bills making it through the House, we are that much closer as a state to eliminating this unjust tax, helping those struggling with period poverty and creating a more equitable world for women and girls. Now it’s time to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure this essential legislation becomes law.”
“I am glad my colleagues see this issue as the public health crisis it is and agree that sanitary products are essential items that people cannot live without,” said state Rep. Tenisha Yancey (D-Harper Woods), sponsor of HB 4270. “No one should have to pay more for any product tied to their health and well-being. I’m proud of all the hard work that has been done to push this vital package that much closer to the finish line, helping to end period poverty.”
The bills now head to the Michigan Senate.
State Rep. Padma Kuppa
State Rep. Tenisha Yancey