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Ohio Democrats push for a tax break on female sanitary products
They maintain the "pink tax" costs women up to $200 a year
by WKSU's ANDY CHOW


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Rep. Greta Johnson says eliminating the tax on feminine hygiene products would lessen a financial burden without making a huge dent in state revenue.
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Democratic state leaders are pushing for a new tax break that they say could save women hundreds of dollars. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

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Ohio House Democrats say the sales tax on feminine hygiene products can cost the average woman up to $200 a year. They’re proposing a bill to eliminate the tax on tampons, pads, menstrual cups and similar products.

Rep. Greta Johnson of Akron says that could can relieve a financial burden on women without making a huge dent in state revenue. Johnson compares it to tax breaks conservatives are pushing in the budget.

“It’s minimal compared to what the state is losing as a result of the tax cuts to the wealthiest Ohioans and energy manufacturers that are in the budget currently," Johnson says. 

A similar tax break already exists in Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and New Jersey.

 

 
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