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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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The CDC is urging “universal face mask use” for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, citing recent case spikes as the U.S. has entered a phase of “high-level transmission” before winter officially begins.

Why it matters: Daily COVID-related deaths across the U.S. hit a new record on Wednesday. Face coverings have been shown to increase protection of the wearer and those around them, despite some Americans' reluctance to use them.