ILLINOIS (CNN Newsource) — Right now, Illinois women pay a 6.25 sales tax every time they buy a feminine hygiene product. The state classifies tampons, pads, and menstrual cups as luxury items. Illinois residents pay more than $10 million a year in taxes for these items.

That’s why Senator Melinda Bush says it’s time to end what she calls an unfair tax on women. She introduced a new bill that could eliminate the tax once and for all.

Sen. Melinda Bush, (D) Grayslake says “This exclusion will allow for the fact that someone can’t just change it by a rule of change. What we’re really talking about here is a bigger global issue and that’s that women have been paying more for things throughout their lives and maybe don’t even know it.”

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