Michigan Senate Votes To End “Tampon Tax”
The political fight to end the "Tampon Tax" in Michigan is slowly getting close to the finish line.
Earlier this month, the Michigan House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to end sales tax on feminine hygiene products like tampons, pads, and pantiliners. The measure was mostly bipartisan and passed by a vote of 94-13. And now, the Republican controlled Senate has also voted to end the sales tax on feminine hygiene products.
Currently, tampons, pads, pantiliners, and other feminine hygiene products are subject to the 6% sales tax in Michigan, but that will likely end soon. Now that the bill to end the so-called "Tampon Tax" has been passed in both the House and the Senate, it is expected that Governor Whitmer will sign the bill into law.
Democrats, along with Governor Whitmer, have historically been in favor of ending the tax and have attempted to bring a bill to vote for the last several years. And now that the bill has the support of the majority of Michigan Republicans, it is close to becoming law.
When the Governor signs the bill into law, Michigan will join over 20 other states who have never, or no longer, tax feminine hygiene products.
According to The House Fiscal Agency, Michigan stands to lose out on about $7 million in tax revenue each year if the bill passes. But, The House Fiscal Agency says that the loss of tax revenue is not supposed to effect funding for schools in Michigan.
As of right now, there is no exact date as to when the bill will be signed by Governor Whitmer or when that bill will become official law.