Plan to lower Kan. sales tax on groceries revived

Kansas state Sen. Laura Kelly, standing, a Topeka Democrat, debates tax legislation, Thursday, May 23, 2013, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Kansas legislators are considering a proposal to lower the state sales tax on groceries as part of a larger plan that also cuts income taxes.

The Kansas House was expected to vote Thursday night on the measure. It was drafted by GOP Reps. Mark Hutton and Gene Suellentrop.

It would cut the tax on groceries to 4.9 percent while keeping it at 6.3 percent on other items. House approval would send the measure to the Senate.

The plan is similar to one the House rejected last week, but its drafters made changes.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback said the idea has merit.

The sales tax is scheduled by law to drop to 5.7 percent in July, but Brownback wants to keep it at 6.3 percent to offset income tax cuts.


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