Consumers in California will still pay sales taxes on diapers and tampons after Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday vetoed a series of bills that would have created or expanded tax breaks, citing their costs.
“Tax breaks are the same as new spending,” Brown said in his veto message for the bills.
This year, governors in states including Illinois and New York signed legislation to repeal sales taxes on tampons through a nationwide campaign that has argued the tax penalizes women because other necessities are tax-free.
Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), author of the tampon tax bill, tweeted a harsh criticism of the governor:
— Cristina Garcia (@AsmGarcia) September 13, 2016
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