Tax exemptions can be used effectively to encourage the purchase of consumer goods that support public health and safety by reducing the rate of injury or death. A few states have passed sales tax exemptions that fit the bill for public health, including exemptions for child car seats, bicycle helmets, and fire-safety equipment for homes. But these types of tax exemptions are often underutilized.
This policy brief examines how tax exemptions can encourage the use of child safety seats and bicycle helmets, prevent boating-related fatalities, and promote fire-safety in homes.
Q&A with Jane Perkins, Senior Attorney, The Network for Public Health Law — Southeastern Region Office.
As we prepare for the 2018 Public Health Law Conference featuring sessions focused on health justice, Network attorneys reflect on their work and what health justice means to them.