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As of July 1, Kansas’ sales tax on food is higher than the state tax charged at liquor stores. Should the liquor tax be increased to match or exceed the sales tax?

Response Percent Votes
Yes
 
55% 802
No
 
42% 621
Not sure
 
1% 27
Total 1450

Comments

iowastreetradar 4 years, 6 months ago

I'll Keep My Guns, Freedom, & Money. You Can Keep The , "Change".

David Albertson 4 years, 6 months ago

WTF does that have to do with Kansas sales tax?

John Hamm 4 years, 6 months ago

How about the option, "Lower the tax on food to be less than that charged for liquor?"

pizzapete 4 years, 6 months ago

Now that sounds like a good idea. Everyone needs to eat!

independant1 4 years, 6 months ago

if the reason for the tax is to deter people from drinking then raise the tax. like the cigarette tax.

Chris Ogle 4 years, 6 months ago

Tax on food should be less..... so lower the food tax.

Monty Amick 4 years, 6 months ago

Let's see...people have to eat.. don't have to drink No tax on food so people can afford it a little better and tax whatever on the "choice" to by liquor. Is this really a tough decision? Are our priorities really so screwed up that we have to even think about this? really?!

Monty Amick 4 years, 6 months ago

Hey I've got a great idea.. let's raise the taxes on housing too... oh wait :(

tomatogrower 4 years, 6 months ago

Now you are showing your ignorance. The sales tax has nothing to do with Obama, it's a state and local tax. Get an education, please, and stay on topic.

slowplay 4 years, 6 months ago

My goodness. There should be some kind of idiot screening (or sobriety test) before being allowed to post.

Scott Drummond 4 years, 6 months ago

Reduce our empire spending and the welfare going to defense contractors and those in the military.

independant1 4 years, 6 months ago

and military research grants to colleges and universities?

Kat Christian 4 years, 6 months ago

Should not be tax on food items - only on items that contain sugar. I hate when the government uses us as pawns in gaining their wealth by taxing necessities. Talk about gouging (sp?) State Government are the biggest.

David Roberts 4 years, 6 months ago

A while back, I lived in Pennsylvania for a year. When I moved there, I expected the cost of living to be outrageous. I wasn't disappointed, it was. However, the food at the grocery store was actually cheaper thanks to an exemption to the state sales tax for basic food items. That is an idea that makes sense.

Amy Heeter 4 years, 6 months ago

In Kansas and specifically Douglas County, they will get you one way or other.

parrothead8 4 years, 6 months ago

People need food to live...it's ridiculous that we pay taxes on the things we need to exist. Still, I voted NO because I don't think they should raise the liquor tax...they should lower the food tax. Tax things people don't actually NEED to live.

slang4d 4 years, 6 months ago

If you're drinking enough for the liquor sales tax to actually effect you financially....maybe you should reconsider your budget and habits. Just sayin'.

bliddel 4 years, 6 months ago

I agree 100% with Parrothead8. Toe's assessment (no pun intended) is also right-on. That's why nobody can find a decent job in Lawrence.

slowplay 4 years, 6 months ago

Speak for yourself. Just because no one wants to hire you doesn't mean others can't find a job.

2002 4 years, 6 months ago

Lower the tax on everything, then complain about government doing nothing.

50YearResident 4 years, 6 months ago

For commissioners the liquor tax should be double, for everyone else no raises. Then see if the commissioners think that is a fair amount. Raising taxes has to end at some point, I think now is the time. No increased taxes! The exception to the law of gravity question: What goes up and never comes down?..........TAXES!

mr_right_wing 4 years, 6 months ago

What.....you're assuming these people are reasonable!? Or they utilize "common sense"?!

iLikelawrence 4 years, 6 months ago

That is the stupidest reason I have ever heard to raise a tax just because another tax is lower.

Oh. My. God.

ralphralph 4 years, 6 months ago

Isn't it even HIGHER at places like TaxBurger (a/k/a SmashBurger)?

Graczyk 4 years, 6 months ago

What were those people thinking when they said yes to this poll? It is bad policy to raise one tax just because it is lower than another. Morons.

1029 4 years, 6 months ago

This is getting ridiculous. Tax this, tax that, fill out this census... This isn't freedom at all.

purplesage 4 years, 6 months ago

Food should be exempt from all taxation. As a basic necessity, the government should keep its money-grubbing hands off. Liquor should be exempt from sale at all. A legitimate role of government is to protect citizens and alcohol is an addictive, life-ruining substance given legitimacy by the permission to sell. Same goes for cigarettes and casinos. These vices, that affect health and well-being. are not only tolerated but promoted by government

Parkinson and his "bipartisan" coalition who increased taxes need to be held accountable in November. And, yes, I know he isn't running. But Tom Holland voted to incdrease the tax and so did a lot of other democrats and republicrats like the governor. We have higher property, sales and gasoline taxes than neighboring states. What do they do with the money???

The scenario we have now is a desperate government at every level. Because things aren't going well in teh private sector, the revenues aren't there. So, levy more taxes ont eh folks for whom things aren't going well? What kind of senses does that one make?

independant1 4 years, 6 months ago

The cost of living has gone up another dollar a quart. W. C. Fields

Thats_messed_up 4 years, 6 months ago

It's idiots like LJW posters who voted to raise sales tax on themselves half percent last year to fund the eMTy so 20 people a day could have a cheap ride.
So just a few months later the state finds themselves low on money and the easiest way to get that money is to raise sales tax a full one percent! So in 15 months we go from 7.3% to 8.85% sales tax!
Now the school district and county want to slam us with huge property tax increases-right after the completion of two ridiculous stone football stadiums. The turnpike tolls were supposed to go away 30 years ago when the turnpike was paid for but no tax ever goes away once passed. Where do all those millions of dollars go? Why do Kansas residents have to pay? Wherever they go it's not enough.
State income tax, property tax on all homes and vehicles, registration fees, almost 9% tax on everything you buy including groceries, tax on food is ridiculous. People who think our money is their money and love to spend it are called tax and spend liberals and the government is full of them for another few months. Wait till the Bush tax cuts expire Jan. 1st then people who actually pay income tax will really be mad but that's not many of you posters.

Centerville 4 years, 6 months ago

Maybe Dillons could go into the "liquor" business. It will be fun to see people who have imagination run circles around the people who raise taxes.

jhw 4 years, 6 months ago

Well, you still pay sales tax on liquor, as well as other taxes, so seems like this is a pretty stupid discussion.

Jonathan Kealing 4 years, 6 months ago

No, you don't pay sales tax on liquor — except beer bought at grocery stores. You pay a liquor tax that is less than the sales tax.

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