After years of trying, two California lawmakers are once again attempting to eliminate sales taxes on diapers and tampons.
Democratic Assemblywomen Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher of San Diego and Cristina Garcia of Bell Gardens have reintroduced bills to exempt purchasers from paying sales tax on the products.
“Every baby needs diapers,” Gonzalez Fletcher said in a statement about Assembly Bill 66. “The fact that we tax diapers is unfair and it’s a burdensome tax that hurts working class and middle class families.”
In 2016, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed similar efforts from both lawmakers, citing their costs to state and local governments, which were estimated at the time to total around $55 million annually. The pair tried again by pitching tax increases on candy or alcohol to pay for the diaper and tampon sales tax exemptions, but those proposals also failed.
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