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Push to get ride of Michigan's tampon tax

Posted at 9:41 AM, Mar 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-21 09:41:41-04

The fight to get rid of the tax on feminine products comes to Michigan. The so-called "Tampon tax" is a big debate around the country, with many calling for an end to the sales tax on tampons and feminine hygiene products.

Two bills now have been introduced in Michigan by State Representative Sarah Roberts.

The Democrat's bills would eliminate the 6% sales tax on tampons, pads and other products, and would require free feminine products to be placed in women's bathrooms in public schools and state buildings.

Roberts says enough with the tax on women.

She says tampons and pads are a medically necessary item women and girls have to have, and the products can be expensive. Roberts says eliminating the tax on those products would make them more affordable for females.

Supporters say there is real reason for state lawmakers to act on the bills quickly.

If women or girls can't afford the products, some cut corners to save money, resulting in cases of Toxic Shock Syndrome where females leave their tampon in too long.

Earlier this month, state health officials announced a jump in Toxic Shock cases in Michigan, there have been five since December of last year.

Toxic Shock is a rare infection caused by staph and strep bacteria.

Representative Roberts says so far that there hasn't been much support from Republicans on the bill to make tampons and maxi pads free in schools and state offices.