WV Delegates Propose Bill to Lift the ‘Pink Tax’

West Virginia

Members of the West Virginia House of Delegates are pushing for a bill that would remove the sales tax from feminine hygiene products and diapers.

Last Thursday, January 17th, 2019, House Bill 2500 was introduced and it’s designed to exempt tampons, pads, sanitary napkins, menstrual cups and other similar products, as well as diapers, “worn by a person, regardless of age of sex.”

For years, these products have been considered “luxury” items. Therefore, at checkout, you pay a luxury tax, or often called the “Pink Tax.”

Sponsors of the bill said this will provide relief to West Virginian women and children, who make up more than half of working families in the state.

Del. Sammi Brown (D) of Jefferson County is one of the co-sponsors. She said, “the reality is when you have something so basic, something that we need, you know, every month, once a month for a week at a time is a cost we accrue and that we can’t avoid. It’s not a luxury, we absolutley need these amentities but then we accrue an additional cost, it can actually be debilitating.”

The bill is on it’s way to the House Finance Committee and supporters are hopeful it will get out on the floor.

“We’re after true equality of life and I’m trying to make sure you can succeed here. If this is just one measure so you have a little extra change in your pocket, so be it, I’ll be incredibly proud.”

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