Michigan lawmakers advance measure to end 'tampon tax'

By ANNA LIZ NICHOLS

Associated Press/Report for America

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The elimination of the so-called "tampon tax" in Michigan is gaining traction after multiple introductions over the last five years.

The state House advanced legislation with bipartisan support Thursday to eliminate the 6% sales tax on menstrual products as "luxury items."

At least 20 states have either ended the taxation of such products or never had the tax, according to Period Equity, a legal organization that advocates for making menstrual products tax-exempt.

Other Midwestern states that don't tax such items are Illinois, Ohio and Minnesota.

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