Laura Kelly on Tax Reform



Before we know it the state food tax won't exist at all

We came together--Republicans and Democrats--to do even more: we axed the food tax. 

Just last week, we saw the food tax reduced again--putting an additional $150 million dollars back into the pockets of Kansans.  Before we know it, the food tax won't exist at all. In 2025--or, perhaps, even sooner--it will be totally axed, gone, never to be levied again.    

Source: 2024 State of the State Address to Kansas legislature , Jan 10, 2024

A flat tax benefits the super wealthy & threatens progress

We must get that money back into Kansans' pockets--and we will--in a fiscally responsible and targeted way. In a way that doesn't threaten progress on all the other issues Kansans care about--our schools, our roads, foster care. And unfortunately, that's exactly what one proposal--the flat tax--would do. The flat tax came up last year, and I expect it'll come up again this year, despite the fact that it only benefits the super wealthy while doing little to nothing for working, middle class Kansans.   
Source: 2024 State of the State Address to Kansas legislature , Jan 10, 2024

Axe the tax on groceries, diapers, feminine hygiene products

We began, last year, by finally axing the sales tax on food but it doesn't zero-out until 2025. So the very first thing we must do this session is fully eliminate it, effective immediately. There is no reason that Kansans should ever look down at their grocery receipts and see this tax. Folks can't afford it. Folks don't deserve it. And there's no need to wait for 2025. Let's end it now. But let's not stop at food, let's also axe the state sales tax on diapers and feminine hygiene products.
Source: 2023 State of the State Address to the Kansas legislature , Jan 24, 2023

$250 tax rebate to every Kansan who filed in 2021

Because we've managed the budget so responsibly, I was proud to announce that every working Kansan who filed taxes in 2021 will get a $250 dollar rebate this year - $500 dollars for married couples filing jointly. That's money back in your pocket to pay for child care, to take your family on a minivacation, or to buy groceries.

For years, many of us, on both sides of the aisle, have been calling for an end to the state's sales tax on food. Now, with this surplus in the bank and increased revenue, we can finally eliminate the grocery sales tax. The essence of the bill can be summed up in 13 words:

We hereby eliminate the state sales tax on food in Kansas, effective immediately. Send me a clean, bi-partisan bill, that eliminates the state sales tax on food by Kansas Day, January 29th. I'll sign it the moment it hits my desk.

Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the Kansas legislature , Jan 11, 2022

Lowering state taxes on groceries a top priority

Rebuilding fiscal stability in Kansas state government has been one of my top priorities as governor. I will submit to you a balanced budget that continues our rebuilding efforts, that continues to pay down debt, and that honors my promise to cut taxes. Kansas families are taxed more for food than anywhere else in the United States. I've always considered lowering the tax on groceries an urgent need.
Source: 2020 Kansas State of the State address , Jan 16, 2020

No more tax cuts; restore balance to the tax system

The Brownback years, and the disastrous set of tax cuts that he and conservative lawmakers championed, resulted in underfunded schools, a crippled highway program and a child welfare system so underfunded that it threatens the very children it's supposed to protect. Kelly has plans to tackle all 3 of those issues. She has pledged to restore balance to the state's tax system by returning to its traditional "3-legged stool" that relies roughly equally on income, sales and property taxes.
Source: Kansas City Star endorsement: 2018 Kansas governor race , Jul 12, 2018

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