Proposal to eliminate sales tax on tampons and raise liquor taxes fails in California


As previously noted on, a California lawmaker had proposed to eliminate the sales tax on tampons and diapers in the state and offset the revenue loss with a corresponding raise in the state liquor tax. This effort has failed according to Liam Dillon of The Los Angeles Times:

"A closely watched proposal to eliminate sales taxes on tampons and diapers, which aimed to recoup the lost revenue by increasing taxes on hard liquor, failed at the Capitol on Monday.

Democratic Assemblywomen Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher of San Diego and Cristina Garcia of Bell Gardens said their measure was a question of values, arguing that the state shouldn’t favor lower alcohol taxes over taxing necessities for women and children.

“There is no happy hour for menstruation,” Garcia said.

The bill didn’t make it out of a Legislative committee Monday after the lawmakers’ colleagues expressed concern over raising taxes..."

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R Street's Steve Greenhut previously wrote about this proposal here and here.