Temporary Kansas sales tax
Nearly three years ago, the temporary Kansas sales tax increased its sales tax to 6.3 percent up from 5.7 percent. This tax increase is set to expire this July 1st. Governor Sam Brownback is now pushing to keep this tax increase permanent to help Kansas fund its public school system.
Kansas is currently facing a school financing lawsuit in the Kansas Supreme Court. If the state loses this case, it will need to increase K-12 per student funding by 17%. Brownback argues that Kansas needs higher sales taxes to prepare for this extra cost. He also believes the state needs more sales taxes to balance the budget.
Kansas lawmakers from both parties are reluctant to increase the sales tax rate. Democrats argue that the budget shortfall came from Brownback cutting income taxes. They worry that Brownback would use the extra sales tax revenue as an excuse to further reduce income taxes. Republicans would rather see more budget cuts instead of increasing sales taxes.
If no agreement is reached by July 1st, Kansas will return to its 5.7 percent tax rate.David Rodeck
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