AP — Kan. Governor Proposes Sales, Tobacco Tax Hikes

In his State of the State address, Parkinson asked legislators to increase the state’s sales tax to 6.3 percent from 5.3 percent, but only for three years, starting in July. Kansas imposes the tax when consumers buy food, clothing, household items and most products, but not on gasoline or services.

The Democratic governor also asked the Republican-controlled Legislature to boost tobacco taxes to national averages and impose a statewide ban on smoking in public places. Kansas’ cigarette tax would increase by 55 cents a pack, from 79 cents to $1.34, while the tax on other tobacco products would quadruple to 40 percent.

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