To the surprise of many, on Tuesday, California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed two bills –one that would eliminate the tax on feminine hygiene products and the other that would do the same for diapers.
The state legislature unanimously voted in support of both bills. In fact, many made the case that the elimination of the sales tax would “foster equality for women within the tax code.”
However, Brown claimed that, “Tax breaks are the same as new spending.”
Many have responded with harsh criticism of the governor, including Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens):
— Cristina Garcia (@AsmGarcia) September 13, 2016
Author of the diaper tax bill, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), said in a statement that she will continue to push for sales tax reforms.
“We knew from the beginning that making the case for addressing diaper need would be a long journey, and today’s disappointing setback just means we’ll be back to try again,” Gonzalez said in a statement. “We will continue working to achieve sales tax reform and bridge the diaper gap that forces too many of California’s working families to struggle.”