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Archive for Tuesday, September 7, 1999

HUNGER AND TAXES

September 7, 1999

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To the editor:

Your recent article regarding hunger in Kansas mentions all of the possible causes except one very important one, which is the sales tax on groceries. In Douglas County there is a 6.9 percent sales tax on all groceries including infant formula and baby food. Only 12 states now tax groceries and two of them have a less than 1.25 percent tax. If you do the math, the elimination of this tax on one of life's essentials would allow for a 6.9 percent immediate reduction of hunger in Kansas. There is a meager rebate on this tax available for poor folks but that rebate does not eliminate hunger when the money runs out before tax refund time. It is time Kansas liberals and all other Kansans who care about hungry people get with the times and eliminate this most oppressive grocery tax.

Pat Slick,

Lawrence.

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