Diapers are an absolute essential when you have a baby, but they don’t come cheap. One state is looking to make this baby must-have a little more affordable for families by eliminating sales tax on diapers.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has just proposed a new plan to help families and women who may be struggling financially as part of his state budget.  The proposal would eliminate sales tax on items like diapers and menstrual products for five years.

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The author of the legislation to implement tax-free diapers for infants and toddlers, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) praised Newsom’s endorsement of the plan saying, “This is something that will affect every single parent in California. That’s substantive and that’s meaningful.”

Governor Newsom’s wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom joined him at the budget presentation acknowledging that as a mom of four kids this issue was an important one. “We are fighting for a future where our daughters will be valued equally to our sons, a California where every single child, no matter the ZIP Code or the family that they’re born into will have the best possible start in life,” she said “And a California where every parent will have the support they need to build the best possible future for their children.”

—Shahrzad Warkentin

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