State of the State 2020: Nix the ‘pink tax,’ limit sex offenders’ social media use
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday rolled out his next two State of the State proposals: get rid of the “pink tax” that upcharges women’s products and crack down on sex offenders using social media.
The first proposal would ban gender-based pricing discrimination for “substantially similar or like-kind” products and services, according to a release from the governor’s office Sunday. The bill would mandate that some providers publicly post a list of prices for standard services.
The “pink tax” refers to the extra amount that women are often charged for goods, like razors, dry cleaning and health products, solely because they are the target consumer base. A 2015 study by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs found that toys, clothing and personal care items marketed toward women were more expensive than products geared toward men about 42 percent of the time, according to Cuomo’s office.
The products for women, on average, cost about 7 cents more than those for men.