Stop Taxing Feminine Products!

February 16, 2016

State Representative Juan Candelaria (D-New Haven) is introducing a bill to make feminine hygiene products exempt from the state sales tax.

Connecticut is one of the several states that apply sales tax to these products, but not to other similar personal products.

“Taxing tampons and menstrual pads is not only a gender biased injustice, but irrational,” Rep. Candelaria said. “How is it that these essential items, purchased by half of the population, are not considered a necessity? We have to stop penalizing females.”

The proposal, HB 5119, has been referred to the Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding.

Rep. Candelaria said, “I am adding my voice to the many women who have decried this disparity, particularly women with limited means who are disproportionately impacted by this tax.”

“I am looking forward to working with my colleagues in this short session to, once and for all, end this taxing practice and to recognize that these products are non-optional for women,” Candelaria said.

Juan Candelaria was elected in 2002 to represent New Haven’s 95th Assembly District.

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