Proposed cut would still keep KS food tax among highest in country

WICHITA, Kan. A proposed cut to the taxes paid on food in Kansas could soon change if the Senate approves it and the governor signs the bill into law.

But, as the proposed cut is only 1 percent, Kansas would still pay some of the highest taxes for groceries in the country.

If the bill approved by the House goes into effect, you'd save about $4 per month if your average grocery bill is about $100 per week. Because of the low number associated with the savings, some are criticizing the bill.

Others say they'll take what they can get.

"Certain states are not charging taxes on groceries and Kansas is irritating that it does," says Randy Allen, shopping at Leeker's Family Foods in Park City Tuesday afternoon. "Oh, it would help some, of course. Anytime you save money, it helps. I'm always there for saving money."

Shopper James Shreve says a one-percent decrease on the grocery tax could add up to a healthy savings over time.

"That would be actually pretty good because after awhile, you'd make a lot of money throughout the year saving that much," he says.

A criticism of the bill comes from those who work with low-income families. The Kansas Food Bank says the one-percent drop is a step in the right direction, but it will do little to help families who struggle to put food on the table.