Governor Gretchen Whitmer signs bill repealing tampon tax

The bill will take 6.3 million dollars yearly of government revenue, saving Michiganders $7-$10 a month, adding up to roughly $4,800 over a lifetime.

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The bill will take 6.3 million dollars yearly of government revenue, saving Michiganders $7-$10 a month, adding up to roughly $4,800 over a lifetime.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a bill repealing the six percent Michigan state sales tax on menstrual products on November 4.
“After years of trying to repeal this tax, I am proud that we are bringing people together to put Michiganders first and drive down costs on these essential products,” governor Gretchen Whitmer said. “Everyone should be able to take care of their most basic healthcare needs without an unnecessary added financial burden.
While it is commonly referred to as the “tampon tax” the bill not only covers tax on tampons but many menstrual products including panty liners, menstrual cups, sanitary napkins, and other similar items.
“Ending the tampon tax is central to making period poverty a relic of the past,” democratic state representative Tenisha Yancey said. “This victory is the culmination of a years’ long effort to treat women’s health seriously. I’m proud of all the hard work that has been done to push this vital package across the finish line.”
The bill is part of a two-bill bipartisan package, the first part of which was signed into law on November 4 followed by the second being signed November 5; with both parts of the bill going into effect immediately after signing.
“Eliminating the tampon tax has been a Democratic priority for years,” state representative Padma Kuppa said. “I am glad to be part of the team that saw it to the finish line to make these essential products more accessible and affordable for those who menstruate. I led the advocacy on this commonsense legislation alongside my House colleagues, including from across the aisle, as well as numerous stakeholders and student groups across the state.”
The bill will take 6.3 million dollars yearly of government revenue, saving Michiganders seven to ten dollars a month, adding up to roughly $4,800 over a lifetime.
“Hygiene products like tampons and sanitary napkins are medically necessary products, and we should be looking at ways to make them more affordable and available for Michigan residents,” president and CEO of Michigan League for Public Policy Gilda Z. Jacobs said. “If a person does not have regular access to these medically necessary products, it can be dangerous, even life-threatening, as well as increase the stigma associated with menstruation, especially for our young teens.”
Michigan is not the first state to get rid of taxes on menstrual products; twenty-two other states have already repealed their tampon taxes, including Utah, Ohio, and New York.
“Today, Michigan finally took a huge step forward in joining the ranks of states who have eliminated the “tampon tax”,” senator Mallory McMorrow said. “While it’s a small savings per purchase, those taxes have historically added up over a lifetime for one half of Michigan’s population, and not the other. It’s a small change with a big impact.”

Statistics obtained from michigan.gov