Rep. Titus, Sen. Cancela, and Assemblywoman Jauregui Call to Shelve the Pink Tax

Jan 25, 2017
Press Release

January 25, 2017 

Las Vegas – On Thursday, Rep. Dina Titus (NV-1), State Sen. Yvanna Cancela, and Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui will unite in an effort to eliminate Nevada’s Pink Tax, the unfair taxing of women’s hygiene products.

Currently, Nevada law exempts the taxation of products like soda and candy under the category of necessities, but taxes feminine hygiene products in Clark County at 8.15 percent. Nevada is one of 37 states that tax feminine hygiene products.

Rep. Titus believes that women’s products are unfairly priced at many levels.  She is supporting federal efforts to eliminate the discriminatory gender-based pricing seen on personal care products like razors, toys, and clothing. She co-sponsored legislation during the last session of Congress to prohibit differential pricing of consumer products and services if the pricing differences are based on the gender of consumers. The legislation, which will be reintroduced this Congress, would allow the Federal Trade Commission to enforce a violation of the law and provide Attorneys General the ability to file civil action on behalf of residents.

“Tampons are not a luxury item, they are necessities, and pink razors are not worth more than blue razors,” Rep. Titus said. “This isn’t an argument about fiscal policy. It is about fairness and equality for women.” 

Nevada will be at the forefront of a national fight to eliminate unfair costs for women: 

  • Sen. Cancela and Assemblywoman Jauregui have introduced legislation to amend the constitution to exempt the sales tax on feminine hygiene products.
  • Texas, Florida, Virginia, Colorado and Washington have considered similar legislation. New York, Illinois, and Connecticut eliminated their Tampon Tax last year.

People are out of touch if they don’t think these efforts will help working families:

  • Repealing the tax on tampons could save women hundreds of dollars during the course of their reproductive lifetime
  • A 2015 study by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs concluded that nearly 800 products in New York City are unfairly priced and on average cost about 7 percent more than men’s products. 

 

WHEN: 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2017

WHERE: Office of Rep. Titus: 550 East Charleston Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV, 89104

WHO: Rep. Titus, State Sen. Yvanna Cancela, Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui