Proposal would combat disparities in the pricing of goods and services provided for women versus those provided for men.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday proposed a new initiative to combat what he said were disparities in the pricing of goods and services provided for women versus those provided for men.
In revealing portions of his 2020 State of the State agenda, Cuomo promised to advocate for legislation to eliminate what his office refers to as the "pink tax.“
In a statement Sunday, Cuomo cited a study done by New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, which accused sellers of charging women more than men for what the governor’s statement termed “substantially similar” merchandise. The study looked at toys, clothing, personal care, and home health products that were substantially similar and found that 42 percent of the time, products geared towards women are more expensive than men's. Specifically, personal care products for women were found to cost 13 percent more than men's products.
"Women shouldn't be nickel and dimed their entire lives because of their gender - it's discriminatory and repugnant to our values and we're putting an end to it." Cuomo said. "For too long women and girls faced social and economic discrimination in all aspects of their life, but in New York we're leading the fight for true gender equity,"