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Fri May 15, 2015, 01:01 PM

Kansas House rejects plan to raise sales tax to fix budget

The Kansas House has rejected a bill to increase the state's sales tax to close a projected shortfall.

House members refused Friday on a voice vote to give the measure first-round approval. The bill would have raised the sales tax to 6.85 percent from 6.15 percent.

The measure also would have dropped the sales tax rate on food to 5.9 percent and eliminated most personal income tax exemptions.

Democrats and some Republicans saw the sales tax increase as too high. And conservative Republican Rep. Mike Kiegerl of Olathe said he couldn't vote for any tax increase until lawmakers do more to control state spending.

http://www.kshb.com/news/state/kansas/kansas-house-rejects-plan-to-raise-sales-tax-to-fix-budget

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n2doc May 2015 OP
randys1 May 2015 #1
SoCalNative May 2015 #2
randys1 May 2015 #3
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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri May 15, 2015, 01:02 PM

1. Sales tax is unfair anyway, hits the poor and lower middle class disproportionately

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Response to randys1 (Reply #1)

Fri May 15, 2015, 01:04 PM

2. It seems to work just fine

in most European countries. However, it should never apply to food products anywhere.

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Response to SoCalNative (Reply #2)

Fri May 15, 2015, 01:06 PM

3. Any flat tax is unfair to those on the bottom.

Taxing the wealthy and corps using a progressive tax scale is the way to go, you can still have a small sales tax but there should also be a luxury tax.

VAT and our sales tax is not the same

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Response to randys1 (Reply #3)

Fri May 15, 2015, 01:56 PM

4. Well as someone who pays the VAT

currently, on ALL purchases, and it is a far higher percentage than any sales tax rate in the US.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri May 15, 2015, 03:48 PM

5. In Kansas aren't you supposed to cut it to raise more revenue?

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