The 2015 Legislature’s hike in the sales tax has brought Kansas deserved shame for still fully taxing food sales – and at the nation’s highest rates in some Kansas communities when local rates and the statewide 6.5 percent are combined. But according to the Tax Foundation, the hike also made the statewide sales tax rate the ninth highest in the nation overall, up from 15th last year. The average combined local and state sales tax rate in Kansas is now 8.6 percent, which is the nation’s eighth highest (up from 6.95 percent and 23rd in 2009). Such numbers will deter leaders at all levels from leaning harder on consumption taxes. – Rhonda Holman
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