May 12, 2010
Kansas is raising its sales tax thanks to a Republican-led Legislature that defied the state's conservative image.
Critics say Kansas is moving closer to California than its Midwestern neighbors. But supporters of the tax hike say Kansas has always had a progressive streak.
The 5.3% sales tax jumps to 6.3% in July, and Kansas will have a higher levy than adjacent states.
Democrats and moderate Republicans say they were compelled to raise taxes to protect public schools and social services from cuts in the face of an expected deficit in the new state budget.
Belle Plaine grocer Mark Fillmore says any reasonable person knows that schools need the money, making a tax increase inevitable.