Central New York

New State Legislation Could Eliminate Tax from Feminine Hygiene Products

By Emma Pettersen Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) New York State Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal has introduced legislation that would eliminate the sales tax on feminine hygiene products.

Local Asemblywoman Pamela Hunter said in a statement that she generally supports the bill , but has a few concerns about its affect on tax revenue.

Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter says she generally supports Assemblywoman Rosenthal's bill.

Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter says she is generally in favor of Assemblywoman Rosenthal’s proposal. Credit: (c) 2016 NY State Assembly

“Before signing on to the bill as a cosponsor or voting for it, I want to know in New York State how much tax revenue is raised annually from these products”, said Hunter.

Though Hunter assumes the revenue would be nominal compared to the statewide budget, the funds would have to be made up somewhere else.

“Simply, it is the right thing to eliminate this regressive tax, but before voting, I need to know the financial implications”, said Hunter.

The tax cut could be especially beneficial in cities like Syracuse that have high densities of poor populations.

“I think that its becoming necessary, especially because feminine hygiene products are a necessity for so many people and there are so many people below the poverty line that need to have qual access to these products”, said Jessica Pirro, a Skaneateles resident.

Other necessity products like medicines, bandages and condoms are untaxed in the state of New York.

“I think its good that necessities aren’t taxed. Even though not everyone uses tampons, they are a necessity for some and should be taxed- or not taxed- accordingly”, said Pirro.

New York is not the first state to consider abolishing the tax. California Assemblywomen brought the issue of the  “Tampon Tax” to their legislature earlier this year.