May 8, 2019

California's Newsom announces plans to end taxes on tampons, diapers

California Gov. Gavin Newsom during a speech.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Tuesday announced plans to end taxes on tampons and diapers and to introduce longer-paid parental leave, in a preview to the state's annual budget, which he'll present this week.

Why it matters: Newsom noted that 1 in 3 U.S. families struggle to afford diapers, which cost up to $1,200 a year per family. "California women spend $20 million annually in taxes on menstrual products, paying on average $7 a month for 40 years of their lives," he said in a statement.

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