Kansas Governor Laura Kelly approves plan to phase out grocery sales tax in Kansas

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly approves plan to phase out grocery sales tax in Kansas
AP

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat

TOPEKA, Kan. – Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly signed a plan into law that will phase out the state’s sales tax on groceries over the next three years.

Kelly had a ceremony Wednesday at a grocery store in Olathe to fulfill a promise to sign the bill even though it is not as aggressive in eliminating the tax as she and fellow Democrats wanted.

They had hoped to eliminate the entire 6.5% tax as of July 1. Only 13 states charge any sales tax on groceries.

Kansas’ rate is second only to Mississippi’s 7%. The new law drops the tax to 4% in January, to 2% in 2024 and to zero in 2025.