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How high would sales tax have to go?


During one of his speeches last week in Missouri, Gov. Sam Brownback said he wants to eliminate state income taxes in Kansas and shift to consumption taxes. But when asked by an audience member, Brownback said he didn’t know at what level the state’s sales tax would have to be set to offset the loss of income taxes, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Kansas already has the 15th-highest state sales tax rate of 6.15 percent and the 12th-highest combined state and local sales tax average of 8.15 percent, according to the Tax Foundation. – Phillip Brownlee