DENVER (CBS4) – Some state lawmakers want to give parents a break and make diapers tax exempt.

The sales tax in Colorado for diapers is nearly three percent.

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The bill creates an exemption for the quote, “sale and storage of diapers.”

The lawmakers who proposed the bill believe not charging tax for diapers puts families first.

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  1. Another lawmaker wants to pick winners and losers and engage in social engineering. Why not exempt all necessities from the sales tax including clothing, tampons, non-prescription drugs, toothpaste, medical supplies, etc.? Just think about all the computer programming and costs this will require for all vendors of diapers so the sales tax is properly applied at the register. Some vendors might decide it’s better to quit carrying them rather than reprogram the sales registers. How fair is it to subsidize parents when many people can’t or don’t have children?

    It’s also my understanding that disposable diapers, for which this would be a subsidy, are less environmentally friendly than cloth diapers. Thus, politicians are subsidizing more pollution.

    This favoritism in the tax code is a favorite of politicians, because it allows them to affect the marketplace for products, generate campaign cash, and make money. I wouldn’t be surprised that the legislators proposing this, have received campaign cash from disposable diaper manufacturers. And I also wouldn’t be surprised the legislator and his staff have invested in disposable diaper manufacturers in the stock market, based on their inside information about how their bill will affect revenues of the companies in which they’ve invested. Seems to me the media should investigate.

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