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Repeal some exemptions

The state's 5.3 percent sales tax produced $3 billion in revenue in 2008. But the state missed out on another $4 billion in taxes from sales that were exempt, the Lawrence Journal World reported. If all those sales had been taxed, the state sales tax rate could have been lowered to 2.3 cents to raise the same $3 billion. "Undoubtedly, many sales tax exemptions do not help increase the tax base, and we should repeal them," said Bradley Borden, an associate professor at Washburn University School of Law.