Kansas Senate considers eliminating food sales tax

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Bipartisan legislation has recently been filed in hopes of making fresh food more affordable in the state of Kansas.

Republican Senator Michael O’Donnell, and Democratic Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau, both of Wichita, filed Senate Bill 263. The bill would eliminate the state tax on fruits and vegetables, encouraging Kansans to make healthier choices, in turn supporting local farmers, as well small business owners who lose business across state lines.

O’Donnell said lowering the sales tax on fresh fruits and vegetables would improve the health of everyone. Research indicates a link between obesity and higher fruit and vegetable prices. The higher prices make it more challenging for many families to eat healthy.

At 6.15%, Kanas’ sales tax is second highest in the nation behind Mississippi. In addition to that, county and city governments can levy additional taxes, bringing the total as high as 9% in some areas.