The Michigan House has approved state Rep. Bryan Posthumus’ plan to repeal sales and use tax on feminine hygiene products, including tampons and sanitary napkins.
Posthumus addressed his colleagues urging them to support his measure. During his speech, the legislator said these products are medically necessary and therefore should be exempt from sales and use tax.
“This legislation is an opportunity to reduce taxes for families and individuals while improving public health by eliminating this unnecessary tax on very necessary items,” Posthumus said on the House floor. “This isn’t a gender issue or a partisan issue, this is about putting money back into the pockets of Michigan families.”
The measure would make feminine hygiene products more affordable for women and families throughout Michigan.
Michigan already exempts prescription drugs, canes, eyeglasses, medical devices and more from sales and use tax.
House Bill 5267 received bipartisan support and now moves to the state Senate for consideration.
Rep. Posthumus says the veto of his HB 5404 late Friday, which would have created the Student Opportunity Scholarship program in Michigan, is not surprising, as he says his efforts to help families and students also threatened entrenched interests.