Amid the nation's hyperpartisanship, hand it to state Sen. Dick Kelsey, R-Goddard, for trying to start a conversation about how Kansas might make its tax system more balanced, fair and competitive, including by ending some sales-tax exemptions and eliminating the sales tax on groceries and the corporate income tax. The ideas he offered to the Joint Committee on Assessment and Taxation last week face long odds at the Legislature, where lobbyists stand ready to defend every tax break. And without new revenue or spending cuts, a repeal of the temporary sales-tax hike passed this year would make the next governor's daunting budget challenge far worse. But Kelsey deserves credit for challenging his fellow lawmakers to rethink and update Kansas' tax system.
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