LAFAYETTE - Here's a story that I'm sure all the women in Louisiana will appreciate. Governor John Bel Edwards has signed a new bill that will take a financial burden off many.
The new bill includes a statewide sales tax break eliminating the "pink tax."
While the Governor made the move happen it was funded by Represenative Aimee Freeman (D) of New Orleans.
Pink tax is a broad spectrum of feminine hygiene products specifically designed to be more expensive for women than men.
Governor John Bel Edwards has signed a new law to get rid of it.
"I think a lot of people don't know how much money goes into feminine care." said Alford
Alexandria Alford calls this a financial win for women, she says there isn't a male equivalent for hygiene products.
"It's at least a third of the money I spend on hygeiene. It's definitley something you take really good care of and your private area is something I definitley invest in as well." said Alford
The new bill also gives local governments who urged for a temporary exemption from local sales taxes on these products last year to make those tax breaks permanent.
Tampons, menstrual pads, pantyliners and more, the list goes on and so does the cost. I found out on average a woman spends $13.25 a month on menstrual products.
That's almost $6,400 spent in a womans reproductive lifetime.
The pink tax removal also includes diapers, mom to a six week old newborn Haley Wessinger weighs in.
"It's pretty much like they're charging women for something that there body already does. That there body was made to do. As far as diapers are concerned I'm a new mom and I spend about $20 a week on diapers and that definitley adds up." said Wessinger
Now while the pink tax removal got majority support from The Louisiana Senate with just one opposing view, The House passed it on a 63 to 36 vote. Some representatives said feminine products and diapers should be taxed like prescription drugs.
"It definitley comes from a place of ignorance because men and women use prescirption drugs and only people who have periods use feminine products." said Alford
The pink tax removal is expected to cost the state $11.1 million annually for the next few years once it is implemented on July 1, 2022. Currently our states sales tax is 4.45% and right now only New Orleans and Baton Rogue have opted into the tax exemption.