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Cuomo signs bill to lift the tampon tax

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Posted at 4:39 PM, Jul 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-21 17:38:29-04

Good news, ladies -- you will no longer be taxed every time your pesky "Aunt Flo" comes to visit.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Thursday to eliminate local and state sales tax on feminine hygiene products.

"This is a regressive tax on essential products that women have had to pay for far too long and lifting it is a matter of social and economic justice," said Governor Cuomo. "I commend Assemblywoman Rosenthal and Senator Serino on their strong advocacy and for hard work in passing this important legislation."

New York is one of the first states to join this movement. It is expected to save women purchasing tampons and similar products an estimated $10 million a year.

Senator Sue Serino says passing this bill is a message to New York's women that says they are being heard.

"Women statewide will no longer be burdened by a lingering tax that was levied at a time when women were not part of government and the decision-making process," said Assemblymember Rosenthal. "The tampon tax is regressive, and lifting it will spare all women the extra monthly burden of paying taxes on products that are already unaffordable to many."