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TOPEKA | The Kansas Senate passed a 1-cent state sales tax increase Thursday night to bail out the state’s budget.
The state sales tax, levied on food, clothing and most other purchases, would go from 5.3 percent to 6.3 percent July 1 under the legislation. It has yet to be considered by the House.
The increase would raise $314 million a year – enough to fund the budget plan passed by the Senate Wednesday. In 2013 the tax rate would drop to 5.7 percent, with the remaining 0.4 percent funding transportation projects.
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The average Kansas family would pay $266 a year in additional taxes if the bill passes.