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Would you support increasing Kansas’ state sales tax now if the sales tax on food would be removed in three years?

Response Percent Votes
52% 449
41% 354
Not sure
5% 49
Total 852


BorderRuffian 7 years, 8 months ago

What idiot came up with this idea? One tax to replace another? Or is it the old bait-and-switch scheme again? Remove an unpopular tax on food with the idea of simply increasing all the other taxes...then, when things continue to be tough (because we really are not accomplishing anything by switching things around) the state sneaks the food tax back under the door and we are paying more taxes.

Brainstorm!!! What if the State gov't began doing real things to cut down on spending? I mean, without doing the usual hostage thing with education? Isn't it amazing that everytime the State overspends or over budgets, and they want more money, they hold up our kids as hostages before us just so everyone can get all whipped up into a frenzy and then consider idiotic ideas like this one.

They've already crossed the threshold in taxing food, established a solid stronghold, and, frankly, it will never go away.

Pretty soon we will all be using the State of Kansas short form for our state taxes: two lines - 1) how much did you make last year, and 2) SEND IT IN!

nut_case 7 years, 8 months ago

We've had this carrot-and-stick approach before... The trouble is, in three years there would always be some reason not to remove the tax. Plus, taxing the basic necessities of life is pretty stupid anyway - why should we have to pay the government simply to put food on the table, have a small amount of heat to get through the winter and even to exhale your own breath?

5acres 7 years, 8 months ago

I agree with both of you. Nut_case, you're not a nutcase at're correct when you say in three years the tax would not be removed. In fact, we'd probably be required to pay more. It just never ends and I'm tired of this nonsense! For many years, we've ignored what our politicians were doing to us. Now, slowly, we're looking around and are amazed at what has happened. Shame on us!

funinsun1 7 years, 8 months ago

the only thing that is going to get these peoples attention is a clean slate at the next election. Do not vote any of the incumbents back in. This tax and more tax attitude is crazy. CUTTING SPENDING - It is the only thing the state can actually control they should look there to make up the short fall. If there are govt programs that do not improve the lives of the tax payer they need to go.

Bruce Bertsch 7 years, 8 months ago

Since Education spending is mandated in the KS Constitution, education will always be held hostage.

phoggyjay 7 years, 8 months ago

Legalization and taxation of cannabis for those 21 and up would cover any budget deficit. The time is now to save our communities. l welcome all ignorant responses on how this would not work. We tax and regulate alcohol (a drug that could kill you if you consumed too much), so what's wrong with cannabis (a drug that, no matter how much you consume, will never cause you to overdose). Seems like a pretty simple solution…

skinny 7 years, 8 months ago

"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it." Dr. Adrian Rogers

Boston_Corbett 7 years, 8 months ago

When cannibals become legal, only in-laws will be cannibals.

2002 7 years, 8 months ago

Don't give up the tax on groceries. It is a path to higher taxes elsewhere. Look at what occurs in other states and if should be clear.

It's a myth that this move will help the poor. They will just pay in some other way. Higher property tax: they will pay with increased rent or property tax. Increase tax on other services, the poor still pay.

If you want to help the poor, there are better ways. One of my votes is to increase minimum wage (you righties will hate that), but that one move might solve many things.

GmaD321 7 years, 8 months ago

I agree w/phoggyjay. The government is missing one heck of a market. It's so much better now when you get caught with the evil weed and they put you in prison and the taxpayers pay thru the nose to support you while you are there. Duh.

headdoctor 7 years, 8 months ago

BABBOY (anonymous) says… Dog gone it, there are some stupid people. Border posted first but the rest are nearly as dumb!! The idea morons is to take a sales tax off food and tax it somewhere else. A sales tax on food is bad thing. A sales tax on food penalizes the poor in that food is a necessity and they have to have food. Amazing that none of you even got the question.

While I believe that food shouldn't be taxed, the aforementioned referred to posters are not being dumb or stupid in this matter. They know all to well that very rarely unless a tax is removed immediately it will never be removed. Even if the law allowing for the tax has a sunset clause in it, they will find a way to reinstated it or repeal the sunset clause.

feeble 7 years, 8 months ago

A general increase in tax on food sales would be very regressive and unwarranted. Specific tax increases, such as a tax on soda (which has no nutritional value), are justified.

Mel Briscoe 7 years, 8 months ago

"What idiot came up with this idea? One tax to replace another?"

exactly what i was thinking.

does texas have abnormally high sales taxes because they haven't had food tax for years.

Ceallach 7 years, 8 months ago

Do we still believe what the/any legislature says? I'll believe it when I see it and be glad to say I was wrong. No wait, I will be glad to say the believers were right.

mr_right_wing 7 years, 8 months ago

No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no and no!!

I might as well give a panhandler downtown a bug chunk of money with the understanding that he'd pay me back in a week!

My distrust is completely bipartisan!!

...and if things are actually worse (or as bad) in three years?

If it weren't a huge, gigantic trust issue, it'd be an interesting idea.

Randall Barnes 7 years, 8 months ago

dui tax,traffic violation tax,caviar tax just leace my steak and potatos alone.

i support joe-college

Carol Braden 7 years, 8 months ago

Don't let the uninformed destroy Kansas! Support Gov. Parkinson's budget proposal to raise state revenues! Tell your legislators it's what's best for Kansas!

SpeedRacer 7 years, 8 months ago

Some of the sales taxes we have now were only supposed to be "temporary". Guess what..they always find a way to keep it. There is no way the State is going to eliminate a tax once they get used to the revenue.

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