- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York has ended its tax on tampons and sanitary napkins.

State lawmakers voted to repeal the tax earlier this year and the exemption took effect on Thursday.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he was proud to have signed the bill ending what he called a “regressive” tax on women. The repeal will save New Yorkers an estimated $10 million a year.

New York state’s tampon tax dates back to 1965, when the state sales tax began.

Female lawmakers who pushed for the repeal argued the tax was sexist because personal products including condoms and bandages are already tax-free.

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