Something for Kansas grocery buyers to think about in light of the Legislature’s recent failed effort to lower the 6.5 percent statewide sales tax on food: “Most Kansas consumers pay less tax for liquor than they do for groceries,” wrote the Lawrence Journal-World’s Chad Lawhorn. He continued: “When you go to a liquor store in Kansas, you don’t pay a sales tax at all. You pay a special tax called a ‘liquor enforcement tax.’ It is an 8 percent tax,” which hasn’t been increased since 1983. Meanwhile, Lawhorn noted, 21 of the state’s 23 cities with populations of 20,000 or more “have sales tax rates greater than 8 percent. Only Wichita and Derby fall at or below the 8 percent mark. The median in Kansas’ largest cities, in case you are wondering, is 9.1 percent.” Lawhorn observed: “As I have been known to say before, it pays to buy beer over bread.” – Rhonda Holman
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