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On May 2, 2023, the Republican-controlled budget committee of the Wisconsin Legislature, the Joint Committee on Finance, voted to exclude the sales tax exemption for menstrual products proposed in Gov. Tony Evers’ 2023-25 budget.

The committee also removed exemptions for diapers. Those tax exemptions would have reduced revenue by $32.8 million over two years, according to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. Republicans also stripped out a proposed tax exemption for breastfeeding equipment at a cost of $1.2 million over two years.

In a single vote, the committee removed 545 proposals from the budget, including an enrollment freeze in the voucher school program, marijuana legalization and repeal of a tax exemption for farm-raised deer sales. 

Republicans similarly rejected a large number of proposals in Evers’ previous two biennial budgets, which included some of the same items that were proposed and rejected this session. 

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Jacob Alabab-Moser / Wisconsin WatchFact Checker

Jacob Alabab-Moser joined as Wisconsin Watch’s fact checker in September 2022, as part of the effort by The Gigafact Project in partnership with different state-level news outlets to combat misinformation in the 2022 midterm elections. Jacob has several years of experience as a fact checker and research assistant at a variety of organizations, including at The Gigafact Project. He holds a BA from Brown University and is pursuing a MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.