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A new study shows Kansas' high sales taxes on groceries have people crossing state lines to shop, particularly residents living in border counties.

The trend hurts low-income families, rural grocery stores and local governments.

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A group pushing for elimination of the sales tax on groceries in Kansas is touting a new study.

The Wichita State University study shows that even before it was raised last month from 6.15 percent to 6.5 percent, the statewide sales tax was costing rural grocers an average of about $18,000 a year in lost sales.

The study was paid for by KC Healthy Kids, a nonprofit organization pushing to make Kansas the 37th state to eliminate its sales tax on groceries.

Stephen Koranda

There’s a new tax plan headed for debate in the Kansas House. A legislative committee has advanced a proposal that would focus on sales taxes to fill a budget hole of more than $400 million. Statehouse Reporter Stephen Koranda has more.

The bill relies mostly on increasing the Kansas sales tax rate from 6.15 percent to 6.85 percent. It also reduces or eliminates most tax deductions. Republican Representative Kasha Kelley, one of the plan’s authors, would prefer more spending cuts but says sales tax is another option.

Sean Sandefur

A sales tax referendum on last November’s ballot would’ve put an estimated $27.8 million dollars towards street repairs in Wichita. The referendum was defeated, but the cracks and potholes remain. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur takes a driving tour of some of the city’s worst roads and has this report…

When you map out the streets that would have received a bit of TLC from the defeated sales tax, you see whole neighborhoods that are crisscrossed with course, uneven asphalt and concrete.

Belmont Street, from Pawnee to Kinkaid in southwest Wichita, is about as bad as it gets.

Sales Tax Defeated - Now What?

Nov 5, 2014
Sean Sandefur

Voters in Wichita have made their decision on a proposed one-cent sales tax. The referendum was defeated soundly, with “no” votes over 60 percent. KMUW 's Sean Sandefur has been following this story since it was first discussed by city council members and has this report . . .


On Tuesday night, election results roll across TV screens at the Hyatt in downtown Wichita--votes against the city's proposed one-cent sales tax grow and grow. At about 9:30 pm, Jon Rolph of Yes Wichita makes his remarks.

Sean Sandefur


The Wichita Independent Business Association hosted a debate on Tuesday over Wichita's one-cent sales tax referendum. The tax will be featured on November’s ballot and if passed, would help expand the city's water supply, as well as fund transit, street improvements and job creation. 

The tax is worth roughly $400 million over five years. The lion’s share is intended for the city’s future water supply, but the most controversial part of the referendum has been the $80 million allotted for job creation.

City officials have announced they have produced informational handouts for November's sales tax referendum. Officials will also begin attending public meetings requesting community groups to discuss the sales tax, which will appear on general election ballots. 

The proposed one-cent sales tax would generate $397.6 million if collected over five years. City officials say if that figure is reached sooner than expected, the tax would end early. 

State Revenue Collections Exceed Estimates By $3M

Aug 1, 2013

Kansas officials say revenue collections beat estimates by more than $3 million dollars last month.

The Department of Revenue says July's figures were boosted by strong sales tax collections, which were $9.1 million higher than expected.

Individual income tax collections topped expectations by $3.4 million dollars.

But corporate income taxes came in $1 million dollars below the figure predicted by economists and researchers.

House Turns Down Tax Compromise

May 28, 2013

The Kansas House has rejected a plan for cutting personal income taxes further and for setting the state's sales tax at 6 percent.

Legislative Tax Talks Continue

May 21, 2013

Negotiators from the Kansas House and Senate are moving closer to a deal on canceling all or part of a scheduled drop in the state sales tax.