Food sales tax should be cut to help Kansans amid grocery inflation, AG Derek Schmidt tells GOP lawmakers

Kansas should cut its sales tax on food in response to inflation at the grocery store, Attorney General Derek Schmidt told Republican legislative leaders on Friday.

“Everywhere I go, I hear from Kansans who are having trouble making ends meet because the Biden administration’s policies have triggered inflation,” Schmidt said in a phone interview.

Kansas has one of the highest sales taxes on food in the country, and advocates have long called for reducing or eliminating grocery taxes, which disproportionately affect poor and middle class families.

“Everybody buys groceries, but they tend to be a bigger portion of a family’s budget when the budget is smaller,” Schmidt said. “So this is something that we can do right now in KansasĀ in order to help working Kansas families deal with the Biden administration’s inflationary policies.”

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