Still No Resolution On Sales Tax Issue

May 31, 2013

The Kansas House has rejected a new proposal to decrease the sales tax on groceries while keeping sales tax for other items at 6.3 percent.

The House voted 94-18 last night on the measure; it would have allowed further cuts in personal income taxes, in addition to the cuts made last year.

The proposal would have also decreased the sales tax on groceries to 4.9 percent in October.

The current, elevated sales tax is set to drop back down to 5.7 percent in July. Lawmakers raised it to 6.3 percent last year to offset income tax cuts.

The House's vote forced House and Senate leaders into more negotiations over taxes. They've so far failed to agree on taxes, and on the budget.