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FYI the Pink Tax repeal doesn’t repeal the Pink Tax

By: - October 22, 2018 3:54 pm
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When Linda Low, the showgirl character in the 1958 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Flower Drum Song, sang “I Enjoy Being a Girl,” she clearly wasn’t considering the premium women pay for the privilege.

From razors to haircuts to dry cleaning, merchants assess a higher price, known as the Pink Tax, on products and services consumed by slightly more than half the population.

The Tampon Tax, which is just one form of a Pink Tax, is assessed on feminine hygiene products in Nevada and elsewhere. Question 2 would exempt them tampon sales from state and local sales tax.

Some states exempt taxation of products designed for men, such as Rogaine (which combats baldness) but not for feminine hygiene products, which are not a luxury but a necessity.

According to Ballotpedia, nine states and the District of Columbia exempt feminine products from sales tax.

The fiscal impact of an exemption in Nevada is estimated at between $4.96 million and $7.1 million annually.

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Dana Gentry
Dana Gentry

Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana has four adult children, two grandsons, three dogs, three cats and a cockatoo named Casper.

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