Phoenix shoppers react to Gov. Hobbs proposal to end the pink tax in Arizona
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Arizona families struggling to make ends meet could soon see more savings at the grocery store. Gov. Katie Hobbs wants to eliminate the ‘pink tax’ on things like tampons and diapers. A similar tax cut was proposed five years ago and failed.
People say it could help keep more money in their wallets. If passed, Arizona joins 29 other states that don’t have a pink tax. “We will also help lower costs for Arizona families by exempting diapers and feminine hygiene products from our state sales tax,” Gov. Hobbs said. In her state of the state address Monday, Gov. Hobbs planned to eliminate the state tax on tampons, pads, and diapers. “They make so much money off of it. We have to buy that stuff every month,” a Phoenix shopper said.
Hobbs’ announcement is one of the latest steps in a growing trend across the country to make women’s health items more affordable. “They’re outrageously priced. I haven’t bought pads and tampons in years just because they cost so much. I switched over to alternative products just because I’m just like, screw it,” another shopper said. Some shoppers in Phoenix were happy to hear the tax could be gone for good. “I don’t have any control over my body or what happens to me monthly so why am I paying for a medical necessity slash a basic hygiene necessity that I need,” another shopper said.
Hobbs also plans to cut taxes on baby formula and over-the-counter medication as part of her economic relief for working families. “These everyday items add up, and we can and should help provide this relief to individuals and families who too often must choose between paying their bills or paying for the things they need to be healthy,” said Hobbs.
“I think anything to help make things easier for people is always a good thing, to be honest. Especially money wise people struggle with finances and things of that nature so it will be good to help them out in that sense,” a man shopping with his girlfriend said.
While shoppers are excited about the potential end to the pink tax in Arizona, this proposal isn’t coming without opposition. Some lawmakers are worried this could cost the state nearly $8 million in revenue each year.
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