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Kansans paying 2nd highest state sales tax in nation on groceries

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Topeka — In all the furor over various tax proposals in the Legislature, one that has caught the attention of some legislators is reducing the state sales tax on groceries.

People who buy their groceries in Kansas are paying the second-highest state sales tax in the nation on groceries.

According to the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, 45 states charge a state sales tax. Of those, 31 exempt groceries from the state sales tax.

Of the other 14 states, seven charge a portion of the state sales tax on groceries, and seven, including Kansas, apply the entire state sales tax on groceries. Of those seven, only Mississippi has a higher state sales tax: 7 percent. The state sales tax in Kansas is now 6.3 percent.

If the Kansas sales tax decreases to 5.7 percent, as current law states, Kansans will pay the third highest state tax on groceries behind Mississippi and Idaho, with a 6 percent tax.

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Jeanette Kekahbah 10 months, 4 weeks ago

right on grammaddy! grow food myself - got seed & veggies to share too. thank my grandparents who farmed, took care of me & taught me so well.

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grammaddy 10 months, 4 weeks ago

Start a garden and grow your own food.That'll learn 'em.

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Mr_B9 10 months, 4 weeks ago

If I remember correctly food tax is more than booze tax in Lawrence. Does that seem right? http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2010/jul...

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1Dem 10 months, 4 weeks ago

Only one state Mississippi has a higher sales tax on food than Kansas. Part of Sam's vision for Kansas?

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oldexbeat 10 months, 4 weeks ago

reduce consumption -- eat less -- buy less -- stop shopping as a hobby -- trade items with each other -- yard sales -- gardens -- walk -- health will go up and Kansas (aka, Brownbackistan) will see sales tax revenues drop. (Of course, that down side is that local businesses will suffer -- maybe Brownback wants that ?)

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Karl_Hungus 11 months ago

Thanks Obama!!!!! Bet he will try and blame our devout Christian Governor for this action!!

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fmrl 11 months ago

Fascism-the corporate takeover of government. That was Mussolini's definition. The Kansas Chamber of Commerce has been running the legislature for many years and now they have a governor who is a true believer, from that greatest bastion of fascism of all- the US Senate. What is conservative about fascism? Kansas- love it or leave it. Hear that sucking sound? That's the sound of people leaving this state by the tens of thousands. Just stop doing business with chamber of commerce members. We need a boycott.

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question4u 11 months ago

Hold on! Brownback and the Senate aren't asking you to pay the second highest state sales tax on groceries for no reason. They only want to ensure that the owners of grocery stores and other businesses won't have to pay any state income tax on their personal profits.

It's not as though Brownback and the Senate want to raise $857 million from increased sales tax revenues over the next five years so that they can restore funds to education, public safety, or health, or anything ridiculous like that. It's just to increase the personal wealth of Kansas business owners. There's nothing wrong with that, right?

Now they can become wealthier both because you purchase their products and because you pay a higher sales tax on those products. It's a win-win situation (for business owners). That makes it all OK, doesn't it? After all, it's not as though the new tax revenue will go to

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Paul Geisler 11 months ago

When we lived in Minnesota unprepared foods which is most of what you buy at the grocery store are exempt from sales tax, but prepared foods like at a restaurant are still taxed. And Minnesota doesn't charge sales tax on most clothing either! Which all makes a big difference for low & middle-income households!

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George Dugger 11 months ago

All you tax refugees from other states that don't buy groceries, come on down to Brownbackistan.

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cowboy 11 months ago

Kansas New Slogan " Were just a .07% better than Mississippi"

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cowboy 11 months ago

Fabulous Job Kansas....we now are vying for poll spots with Mississippi.

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ksjayhawk74 11 months ago

Balancing the deficit on the backs of poor while doing everything they can to keep upper class and corporations from paying any tax.

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11 months ago

This should come as no surprise. The Guv and his minions cut income tax, then keep in place regressive taxes, especially on groceries. This so that those not making a lot of money pay the lions share while his cronies and handlers don't.

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Clickker 11 months ago

WHAT?....Are you serious that most states exempt groceries from sales tax?

No way!

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Shardwurm 11 months ago

Can't afford to eat, drink, smoke, buy gasoline, pay taxes on personal property, pay state income tax, or start a business.

Other than that it's a great place to live.

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