Tennessee worries women will go on tampon-buying frenzy
Of all the problems there are in the world to worry about, Tennessee's problems certainly take the cake!
"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."
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?