New legislation was introduced last week in the Michigan state Senate to remove the sales tax on feminine hygiene products.
Feminine hygiene products — which include tampons, pads and reusable menstrual cups — are classified under the tax code as luxury items. This means they are subjected to the state’s 6-percent sales tax. However, Michigan’s code does exempt medically necessary goods, such as medications and catheters, from the sales tax. Legislators who proposed the bill argue that feminine hygiene products fall under this category.