California governor wants to end tax on tampons, diapers

California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to end the sales tax on tampons and diapers and use revenue from legal marijuana sales toward enhancing child care programs.

Posted: May 7, 2019 12:32 PM
Updated: May 7, 2019 12:47 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to end the sales tax on tampons and diapers and use revenue from legal marijuana sales toward enhancing child care programs.

Those items are part of a "parents' agenda" Newsom will announce Tuesday to preview the revised state budget he'll present Thursday.

Cutting the diaper and tampon tax would eliminate about $55 million in revenue from the budget. California has tried to cut the taxes on tampons and diapers before, but the efforts were vetoed by former Gov. Jerry Brown.

Newsom wants to spend $130 million to boost child care programs, with about $80 million coming from marijuana taxes. He also wants to give families with children under age 6 a $1,000 tax credit.

Newsom and lawmakers must agree on a state budget proposal by June 30.

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