Eliminate the Tampon Tax in Hawai'i

Eliminate the Tampon Tax in Hawai'i

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Nikki-Ann Yee started this petition to Governor David Ige

Anyone growing up in Hawaii will tell you that there is a cost to living in paradise.  In recent years, that “cost” has only been amplified by stagnant wages, an increasing cost of living and a rising housing market.  The last census reported that 9% of Hawaii families were struggling with poverty and a recent study released from Aloha United Way showed that there has been a growing number of local households with income above the Federal Poverty Level but below the basic cost of living. 

Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated these issues, causing more financial instability to an already fragile existence for many local families.  By the end of 2020, nearly half of Hawai’i’s local families will be struggling to make ends meet and it’s these same families that will face period poverty.    

Period poverty refers to menstruation inequities and inadequate access to menstruation products for students, low-income and homeless women and girls, transgender and nonbinary indviduals and incarcertaed people. 1 in 4 women struggle to afford period products due to financial constraints and 1 in 3 parents worry about their ability to afford feminine products.  

Menstrual products are an essential purchase that cost women an average of $300 a year.  20 states have passed laws to end the discriminatory, unconstitutional and illegal  tax and it’s time for Hawai’i to eliminate the tax once and for all. 

In 2019, HB610 and SB1398 were introduced in the legislature but both bills died after that.  Furthermore, HB2430 which requires the DOE to make feminine hygiene products available to students for free in public schools does not effect until 2050!  This is completely unacceptable and we demand action now.

Sign this petition, share it with your friends, and join Ma’i Movement Hawai’i to demand systemic change towards gender equality.

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