Not apparent in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget proposal is his decision to allow a sales tax exemption for feminine hygiene products and baby diapers to go into effect on July 1, 2018.
The decision to exempt the two products from the state sales tax was part of last year’s budget adjustment for 2018, but could easily be undone by lawmakers during this legislative session.
However, it’s less likely to happen if the governor doesn’t propose it as part of his budget.
The estimated revenue loss from both is about $7.8 million, according to the administration.
Rep. Kelly Luxenberg, D-Manchester, who championed the elimination of the tax last year, said Monday that she’s thrilled to see it eliminated.
“I had some concerns that this fight would be up for debate again, but I’m relieved Gov. Malloy recognized the importance of this for women and children,” Luxenberg said Monday.
This year lawmakers will debate legislation seeking to exempt coin-operated car washes from the sales tax and certain items purchased by school organizations. There’s also legislation to exempt water companies and medication lock boxes from sales taxes.
All bills seeking to exempt the sales tax from specific items or services have been referred to the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee, which will meet today to raise concepts.