ICYMI: Governor Kelly Axes the Food Tax, Provides Even More Financial Relief for Kansans 

ICYMI: Governor Kelly Axes the Food Tax, Provides Even More Financial Relief for Kansans 

KEY QUOTE: “Kansas will no longer have a tax on groceries, beginning 2025. It may come even sooner, if Kansas Governor Laura Kelly gets her wish.”


Governor Kelly axes grocery tax in Kansas

Midwest Messenger

June 8, 2022

  • After conducting a massive statewide campaign over the past several months to “Axe the Tax,” state lawmakers approved a type of compromise bill that will knock the tax down to zero gradually over the next three years.
  • However, pushing to get the grocery tax completely eliminated is at the top of Governor Kelly’s agenda when the Legislature reconvenes next January 2023, which she hopes to have accomplished by Kansas Day; Jan. 29.
  • Wiping out the grocery tax will save a family of four an average of more than $500 a year at the zero percent status. It will also entice more Kansans to shop in the state, instead of opting to cross the border into Nebraska – where there is no tax on groceries.
  • In other financial news, to provide relief from record high gas prices in Kansas and around the country, Governor Kelly, in conjunction with the Bipartisan Coalition of Governors, just recently was able to get an emergency waiver for E-15 gasoline for the 2022 summer ozone control season.
  • In other news from Governor Kelly, several Kansas communities will receive funding to improve railroad lines as part of the $11.5 million Kansas Rail Improvement Fund.
  • Governor Kelly’s administration also announced having received $10 million to expand broadband access across rural Kansas.
  • Kelly emphasized that agriculture is not only the economic backbone of Kansas, but also the cultural backbone. In addition to issuing an official proclamation celebrating May as “Beef Month,” she also proclaimed June as “Dairy Month.”