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Letters to the Editor

Food sales tax

October 22, 2008

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To the editor:

This is addressed to our state Legislature. As of Jan. 1, 13 states, Kansas among them, charge state sales tax on groceries. Thirty-two states, including the District of Columbia, exempt groceries from their state sales tax. On the other hand, Kansas, despite having enacted some progressive legislation in other areas, has time and again refused to remove the regressive tax on food.

Proponents for the tax have said that removing it would be "too complicated" and that it would cost the state too much revenue. These are not valid reasons. Other states, including New York, where I lived prior to moving to Kansas 23 years ago, have managed and it has worked well. As for loss of revenue, has it occurred to you that, especially in this sagging economy, where many people can barely afford to feed their family, they will not be spending their money on other taxable items? I, therefore, urge our legislators to make the food sales tax a priority in 2009.

Eva Edmands,
Lawrence

Comments

none2 5 years, 6 months ago

Since I have never lived in a state that doesn't tax groceries, I'm not sure how it works. What constitutes groceries? If it is basic foods: fruits, vegetables, nuts, meats, dairy, flour, sugar, spices, etc., then it sounds like the thing to do to help those at the lower end of the economy. However, if it includes candy, pop, coffee, ready made foods (like TV dinners), etc. then I am not for it. If people are buying comfort food, convenient food , etc. then they have disposable income, and thus the sales tax should stay in place.

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labmonkey 5 years, 6 months ago

My wife would love you LTE writer. Although I have no problem with the tax, she comes from a state where they don't have the tax. I have noticed that the food prices are higher though where she is from so it evens out.

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SMe 5 years, 6 months ago

Give it a break, LogicMan.You don't need to post it everywhere.

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LogicMan 5 years, 6 months ago

And now they want to raise your food tax to pay for the M-T.Vote NO on questions 2 and 3.

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