Gov. Newsom Wants to End Tax on Tampons, Diapers, Use Money from Legal Pot

May 07, 2019 - 12:55 pm

(KNX 1070) -- Governor Gavin Newsom wants to discontinue sales tax on tampons and diapers and use the revenue from legal marijuana to help pay for childcare.

Newsom is expected to make the announcement today as part of what he calls a "parents agenda" for the state.

Legislative estimates show that the tax would eliminate about $55 million in revenue. His childcare proposals could cost as much as $130 million, $80 million of which is planned to come from taxes on legalized pot. 

The governor also wants to give families with children under 6 years old, a tax credit of $1,000, but no information on how that would be paid for and what the total cost would be. 

State Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, who represents areas of southeastern Los Angeles and wrote the bill, and says women shouldn't have to face taxes based on their biology.

"As anyone who takes care of kids can tell you, these costs add up," Newsom will say, according to excerpts of his remarks released by his office. "From diapers to child care, raising kids is expensive wherever you live. But when you factor in the cost of living here in California, it is close to impossible."