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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday signed a bipartisan bill that calls for the elimination of the sales tax on feminine hygiene products in the state.
“After years of trying to repeal this tax, I am proud that we are bringing people together to put Michiganders first and reduce the costs of these essential products,” Whitmer said in a statement. “Everyone should be able to meet their most basic health needs without unnecessary additional financial burden. Tomorrow I will sign the second bill in a package to repeal this tax and lower costs for families as we usher in a new era of prosperity for Michigan. ”
Tampons, sanitary napkins and other period products had been subject to the 6% Michigan sales tax because they were considered “luxury” items.
“While this is a small saving per purchase, these taxes have historically been added over the course of a lifetime for half the population of Michigan, not the other. It’s a small change. with great impact, ”said Democratic State Senator Mallory McMorrow.
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State Representative Bryan Posthumus, a Republican, said he does not view the bill as a partisan or gender issue.
“This legislation allows us to reduce taxes while improving public health by eliminating an unnecessary tax on much needed items,” he said. “It’s about putting money back in the pockets of Michigan families – and we’ve done it here.”
Some critics of the law feared it would create unnecessary tax exemptions, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The tax exemption could save families up to $ 4,800 over their lifetime, according to a state projection.
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The bill will cost the state about $ 6.3 million a year, which will not be taken from school budgets, the House Fiscal Agency said, according to FOX 2 from Detroit. Each year, the state collects approximately $ 11 billion in tax revenue from sales and use.
The exemption will come into effect in February.
Michigan joins more than 20 states that do not tax menstrual products.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.