End the Tampon Tax in Texas

End the Tampon Tax in Texas

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Hadley W. started this petition to Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate

My name is Hadley, and I'm a 15-year-old girl living in West Texas. I participate in high school speech and debate, and this year I'm giving a speech on the Tampon Tax. 

Texas imposes an 8.25% luxury sales tax on products considered a luxury. Included in this sales tax are feminine hygiene products such as tampons, pads, menstrual cups, and other menstrual products.

This tax affects every person who menstruates in the state of Texas. Every person who menstruates knows that these products are not a luxury, and essential. 

Menstruaters in Texas are expected to spend 23.9 million on menstrual products in 2020. These costs place a significant financial strain on menstruaters, which could lead to an inability to afford period products and cause danger to the health and safety of these menstruators. An average box of tampons in Texas costs $7.00, but with the 8.25% tax, a single box can cost up to $7.58 per box. The minimum wage in Texas is $7.25 which means a low-wage menstruater has to work over an hour to earn enough money for one box of tampons. 

If you aren't able to afford the proper menstrual products, that could lead to an inability to work or attend school.

In Texas, you either know someone affected by the tampon tax, or you are affected by the tampon tax. That is why I urge Texas Representatives to pass legislation during the 87th session of Texas Congress, in order to end the tampon tax that affects nearly half of the Texas population, including females, trans people, and nonbinary people who menstruate in Texas and take another step towards gender equality.

27 states in the United States do not have a sales tax on tampons, and with your help, we can urge Texas to become the 28th.

Please sign this petition, and share it with friends. Together we can create positive change in Texas.  

 

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