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Kansas revenue woes keep tax goals off the table

Kansas tax collections continue to fall short of revenue projections month after month, including by $12.8 million in July. As the pattern puts stress on the current state budget, it diminishes the chances that Kansas will achieve two tax goals anytime soon – the long-needed exemption of food from the sales tax and the governor’s promised elimination of state income tax (for everybody, not just the 330,000 business owners zeroed out by the 2012 reform). Exempting milk, bread and other groceries from the 6.5 percent statewide sales tax would cost $464 million a year in revenue. And four years into the great tax experiment, state income taxes still represent 40 percent of state tax collections. – Rhonda Holman