Tennessee worries women will go on tampon-buying frenzy

dublinbay z6 (KS)

Of all the problems there are in the world to worry about, Tennessee's problems certainly take the cake!

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"Women can’t be trusted around tax-free tampons. If you cut the price of menstrual products they’re bound to go tampon-mad and buy boxes of the stuff, just for the hell of it. They’d line their walls with super-plus, they’d polish their floors with pads; it would be absolute bedlam.

That appears to be what Republicans in Tennessee think, anyway. On Tuesday GOP lawmakers pushed back against a proposal that would include sanitary products in Tennessee’s annual sales-tax holiday. The three-day event, held at the end of July, allows shoppers to buy items like computers and clothing without paying the usual 7% state sales tax.

“I would think since it’s a sales tax holiday, there’s really no limit on the number of items anybody can purchase,” said Joey Hensley, the Republican senator, during a debate on the bill. “I don’t know how you would limit the number of items someone could purchase.”

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Menstrual products are a necessity, not a luxury; and yet, across America and around the world, they’re still largely taxed as the latter. Products such as Viagra and Rogaine, however, are not subject to sales tax in America because they’re considered medically necessary. Why is this the case? As President Obama joked back in 2016, “I suspect it’s because men were making the laws when those taxes were passed.”

The annual tax revenue from menstrual products is not insignificant, ranging from around $1m in Utah to $20m in California. This is money a lot of states don’t want to lose; after all they might then have to make the funds up via drastic measures like taxing billionaires a little more."


https://www.yahoo.com/news/tennessee-republicans-worry-women-tampon-110029958.html

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I know I still have boxes and boxes of Tampons stacked up in my garage left over from a Tampon sales-tax holiday decades ago in a town I was driving through at just the right time. Don't you?

Kate

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Tilly Teabag

Didn’t happen here when the tax was dropped.

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dublinbay z6 (KS)

This thread is proof that sooner or later no thread will go unanswered.

Glad to hear there was no drain on the local economy where you live, Tilly. : )

Kate

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jerzeegirl (FL zone 9B)(9b)

You could almost get the impression that lawmakers hate women.

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Iris GW

But isn't that a win for the tampon makers? Their sales will go up!

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Tilly Teabag

Don’t know. Taking another drawer for storage means less room for underwear. I see the financials headline now: “knickers drop.”

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foodonastump

I suppose one way to put out Tennessee Fire is to tampon it.

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HamiltonGardener

Tilly... lol

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Olychick

Our state (WA) Senate just passed legislation exempting menstrual supplies from sales tax. It was a unanimous vote. Hopefully, the House will do the same.

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dublinbay z6 (KS)

We are rooting for WA, Olychick!

Kate

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cattyles

I’m gonna use em to make stuff to sell on Etsy.


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Cookie8

That's it, I'm investing in DivaCup.

LOL, Cattyles, that is actually scary to some out. Horrors, women get periods.

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Cookie8

Gotta add, it's pretty cute.

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cattyles

I know, isn’t it weird? We can talk about toilet paper but tampon ghosts are scary.

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Iris GW

Like not paying taxes on these items suddenly makes them so affordable. Not.

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