Sweet 16: End the Ohio Tampon Tax!

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Sweet 16: End the Ohio Tampon Tax!

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Nadya Ellerhorst started this petition to Governor Mike DeWine

You can't choose whether or not to menstruate. Menstruation is a biological fact of life for many Ohioans, and products such as tampons and pads are the main means they have to manage their monthly bleeding.

However, Ohio menstruators are subject to an unfair economic phenomenon known as the tampon tax.

The tampon tax isn't a tax levied specifically on menstrual hygiene products. Rather, it means that the products menstruators buy are subject to Ohio's 5.75% sales tax rate, along with local and special sales tax rates. For example, someone living in our state's capital would pay a combined 7.5% in taxes on tampons, pads, or any other menstrual product.

What it comes down to is that Ohio menstruators are facing a surcharge as a result of their biology. While things like frozen pizza and newspapers are tax free, products deemed by many to be necessities remain subject to a variety of taxes.

Menstrual hygiene products already pose an additional expense to those who need them. The tax places an extra burden on low-income or homeless menstruators, who may have to choose between food and menstrual products. A few extra cents is all it takes for these products to become out of reach, and can force some menstruators to rely on ineffective, unsanitary alternatives. Furthermore, female menstruators specifically face additional economic disadvantages as a result of the "pink tax" on other goods and the persistent wage gap

Attempts have been made to end Ohio's tampon tax. In December 2018, a bill that would have abolished the tax was passed in the Ohio House, but it never came to a vote in the Ohio Senate. In February 2019, a similar bill was reintroduced, and was unanimously passed by the Ohio House on October 11th. The Ohio Senate passed the bill 30-1 on October 23rd.

It's time to abolish the Ohio tampon tax once and for all. This petition is addressed to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, and calls on him to sign the bill, thereby eliminating the unfair taxation on menstrual hygiene products.

Doing so will make Ohio the 16th state in the nation to have no tax on period products. Think of it as our state's special "Sweet 16"!

Ohio menstruators and non-menstruators alike, don't dread red, and sign and share this petition!

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