State Reps. Greta Johnson of Akron and Brigid Kelly of Columbus said they are sponsoring a bill to end the “Pink Tax,” which costs Ohio women $4 million a year.
“A tampon is a medical necessity for Ohio women— not a luxury item,” said Johnson in a written release. “In a state where women are paid less for the same work as men, every cent counts. The “Pink Tax” takes unfairly more money out of the pockets of women and undermines the economic stability of working families.”
Note: Johnson has left the House since the original article was published.
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A similar bill was introduced in June 2015 but did not become law.
The two Democrats estimate the average woman will spend $11,000 on tampons over the course of 30 to 40 years.
Twelve states, Canada and Australia do not tax feminine hygiene products. Last year, four Cleveland area women filed a class action lawsuit against Ohio Department of Taxation over the tax on tampons, pads and other products. They argue that the items are medically necessary. Ohio does not apply a sales tax to medicine.
A box of 32 tampons costs about $8. Ohio’s sales tax rate is 5.75 percent but Ohio Gov. John Kasich has proposed increasing it to 6.25 percent.
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