Lorena Gonzalez’s Diaper Tax Relief Bill Included in Governor’s Budget Update

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

SACRAMENTO – (Tues., May 7, 2019) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) today celebrated a major legislative victory as Gov. Gavin Newsom announced her long fought for legislation to make children’s diapers exempt from the state sales tax would be included in his May update to the proposed state budget, which is scheduled to be unveiled on Thursday.

“This tax relief will go a long way in helping those young families who we know are at their most economically vulnerable,” said Assemblywoman Gonzalez, who first proposed eliminating the diaper tax in January 2015. “In California, more than 50 percent of the children born are on Medi-Cal. We know that young parents struggle. We know that diapers are a necessity not only for the health of the child, they’re also required in order to drop your child off at childcare. If you want a job, you have to have diapers.”

“The cost crisis is the foundational economic and quality of life challenge that California families face,” Gov. Newsom said. ”As anyone who takes care of kids can tell you -- these costs add up. From diapers to child care, raising kids is expensive wherever you live. But when you factor in the cost of living here in California, it is close to impossible. That’s why, ahead of the May Revise, we are gathered here today to preview something I’m calling a Parents Agenda. It’s a set of policies in the budget that helps young families address the cost pressures they face when they look at their family budget.”

Assembly Bill 66 supports the one in three parents who admit to not having enough diaper to properly diaper their babies. This tax break will give the average family in California $100 to $120 a year per child, or enough to diaper a child for a full month.

Assemblywoman Gonzalez applauded Gov. Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom in committing to include AB 66 in the proposed state budget. California would join eight other states that have already eliminated the diaper tax.

Gov. Newsom estimates the budget impact of repealing this tax would be around $35 million. “We can afford to do that and it is the right thing to do,” the governor said Tuesday.

“It is so important that we have a governor and a first partner who are parents to young children and who understand this issue,” Gonzalez said. “When you have folks who understand through their own personal experience just how expensive diapers can be, they can put their selves in the shoes of average Californians and ask, ‘How can we make their lives a little bit better?’”

To schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez on her Assembly Bill 66, contact Sami Gallegos (209) 658-7617.