Archive for Thursday, February 25, 2010

Kansas House set to debate next week a bill to narrow sales tax exemptions

February 25, 2010


— A Kansas House committee expects to debate a bill next week to eliminate exemptions to the state's sales tax.

Taxation Committee chairman Richard Carlson, a Republican from St. Marys, says the panel will probably take up the measure Monday.

The bill would raise an estimated $182 million in the budget year that starts July 1 by abolishing exemptions to the 5.3 percent state sales tax.

Most of the new revenue would come from taxing residential water, electric and natural gas bills, which are now exempt. Numerous nonprofit groups also would have to start paying sales tax on items they buy.

Those provisions inspired strong criticism during hearings on the measure.

The measure is aimed at helping the state eliminate a budget shortfall.


jeromepichette 8 years, 1 month ago

Did the legislators ever think that maybe the State government should be downsized to same money rather than increase taxation?

SpunKey 8 years, 1 month ago

The headline sure is junky!

Jerome.... Couldn't agree with you more. There can never be enough money for those that overspend!!!!

Ron Holzwarth 8 years, 1 month ago

Sales tax on groceries should be eliminated. Kansas is one of only 15 states that tax purchases of food to be prepared at home. I keep an eye on the running total at the grocery store, then the taxes are added at the very end. I always seem to have a surprise at the total. And to add insult to injury, our city tax is added too! For a lot of people, this is significant.

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