Plan to drop Kan. sales tax on groceries revived

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Two Republicans in the Kansas House have revived a proposal to lower the state sales tax on groceries.

GOP Reps. Mark Hutton and Gene Suellentrop outlined a plan Thursday to cut the tax on groceries to 4.9 percent while keeping it at 6.3 percent on other items.

Their plan is similar to one the House rejected last week, but they’ve made changes.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback said the idea has some merit.

The sales tax is scheduled by law to drop to 5.7 percent in July, but Brownback wants to keep it at 6.3 percent to offset cuts in income taxes.

It’s unclear whether either chamber will vote on the grocery tax proposal. House Majority Leader Jene Vickrey says at least one other tax plan is in the works.

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