Topeka Kansas would no longer charge sales tax on groceries under an amendment approved by the House.
The 76-44 vote Tuesday came as the chamber debated a plan that would reduce income tax rates for individuals and some classes of businesses.
Rep. Jana Goodman, a Leavenworth Republican, offered the amendment on groceries, arguing that all Kansas residents deserved to have more money in their pockets. Ending the sales tax on groceries would cost the state an estimated $350 million annually.
Goodman says Kansas is struggling in a recession and the best way to start a recovery is by cutting taxes.
The amendment was one of several considered by the House as it debated the income tax measure.