Governor Laura Kelly Visits Kansas Border Community to Discuss Importance of “Axe the Food Tax” Plan


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NORTON – Today, Governor Laura Kelly visited Jamboree Foods in Norton, a short 12-mile drive from the Kansas-Nebraska border, to talk about the “Axe the Food Tax” plan’s potential impact on Kansas grocers and communities. Due to Kansas’ high tax on groceries, Kansans residing in the state’s border communities often travel to neighboring states to purchase groceries at a cheaper rate.

“Kansans are finding relief from inflation on groceries by traveling to our neighboring states, and that’s unacceptable,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “That trip for savings hurts our Kansas businesses and makes it difficult for local stores to stay open. Eliminating the state tax on groceries would keep that money in the Kansas economy.”

With the second-highest state sales tax rate on groceries, Kansans pay more for groceries than people in almost every other state. People shopping for groceries in Nebraska and Colorado pay 0.0% state sales tax on groceries. In Oklahoma, the state sales tax rate on groceries is 4.5%, and in Missouri, it is 1.225%. Both Oklahoma and Missouri are also looking at eliminating the state sales tax on groceries, making it more enticing for Kansans to travel across statelines for savings.

The Kansas Legislature returns to the Statehouse on Monday, April 25, where they can pass the complete elimination of the state’s sales tax on groceries, with those savings starting as soon as July 1, 2022.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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