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Minutes for SCR1604 - Committee on Assessment and Taxation

Short Title

Constitutional amendment lowering the rate of sales and use taxation on food and food ingredients.

Minutes Content for Wed, Feb 15, 2017

Chairperson Tyson opened a hearing on SCR1604.

Adam Siebers presented to the Committee an explanation of SCR1604.  He stood for questions.

Senator Tom Holland presented testimony to the Committee in support of SCR1604 by stating that "Kansas has the highest state sales tax on food in the Midwest and is second overall in the entire United States" (Attachment 1).   He stood for questions.

Matt Conklin presented testimony to the Committee in support of SCR1604 by saying "phasing down the food sales tax rate . . . will benefit millions of Kansans as well as Kansas businesses". (Attachment 2)  He stood for questions.

Ashley Jones-Wisner presented testimony to the Committee in support of SCR1604 by saying "numerous surveys and research . . . has shown our high sales tax rate harms the Kansas economy, businesses and families". (Attachment 3) She stood for questions.

Written only testimony presented to the Committee in support of SCR1604 was provided by:  Annie McKay, Kansas Action for Children (Attachment 4); Natalie Fullerton (Attachment 5), Kansas Rural Center; Julie Brewer, United Community Services(Attachment 6) ; Beau Heyen, Episcopal Community Services (Attachment 7); Angie Lanigan, KSAND (Attachment 8); Valerie Nicholson-Watson, Harvesters (Attachment 9); Brandi Fisher, Mainstream Coalition (Attachment 10); Communities Creating Opportunities, (Attachment 11).

No neutral testimony to SCR1604 was presented to the Committee.

Written-only testimony presented to the Committee in opposition to SCR1604 was provided by James Franko, Kansas Policy Institute (Attachment 12).

When all questions from the Committee were answered, Chairperson Tyson closed the hearing on SCR1604.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:13am.