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TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly said she plans to introduce a bill into the state legislature aimed at eliminating the state sales tax on food.

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According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, there are 13 states that impose taxes on groceries. Of those, only Alabama, Mississippi and South Dakota tax groceries at the full sales tax rate. Kansas, like Hawaii, Idaho and Oklahoma, taxes groceries at the regular rate, but also offers credits or rebates offsetting the tax to some or all of the population.

Currently, Kansas’ food sales tax rate is 6.5%. In a statement, Governor Kelly said her proposed bill would save a Kansas family of four an average of $500 or more on their groceries each year.

WIBW reported that according to the Governor’s estimates, the legislation would equate to about $450 million per year in lost revenue.

If it is passed quickly, the bill could go into effect as early as the summer of 2022.