By DeEtte L. Loeffler, J.D., L.LM, Taxation
In an attempt to balance the budget, Governor Jerry Brown decided to veto Assembly Bill 1561 and Assembly Bill 717 that would have repealed taxes on feminine hygiene products and diapers. This action has outraged many advocacy groups, because less essential products (such as candy) are exempted from sales tax. Brown justified his actions in individual veto messages. The main reason was that California would lose $45 million in revenue if these two Bills became law.