California Governor Vetoes Tampon Tax Bill

Madalyn Amato

After unanimous support from state legislature, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the bill that would have removed taxes on feminine care products and diapers.

Author of the bill, Assemblyperson Cristina Garcia, told the Los Angeles Times “We will continue working to achieve sales tax reform and bridge the diaper gap that forces too many of California’s working families to struggle.”


The governor’s reasoning behind the veto was that tax exclusions should be included in yearly budgeting decisions, not made a case-by-case exception.

Proponents of the bill argued that the tax placed upon feminine care products are an unfair burden placed upon women as they believe they’re not a luxury, but a necessity.

“Today Governor Brown sent a clear message to all women in California. He told us periods are a luxury for women. … Men purchase Viagra and they don’t get taxed,” Garcia said.

States such as New York and Illinois have removed taxes as of 2016.

The removal of taxes would have added up to a loss of $300 million per year for the state of California.

Aide of Brown, Nancy McFade, announced that the measure would be reconsidered in the next budget cycle.