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In many Kansas cities, beer is taxed less than milk

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