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Kansas considers increasing taxes on liquor

Sunday, February 28, 2010 | 6:51 p.m. CST; updated 7:16 p.m. CST, Sunday, February 28, 2010

KANSAS CITY— Kansas lawmakers are mulling a possible tax hike on liquor.

The estimated $21.8 million it would generate would support programs for the developmentally disabled and mentally ill. Programs for both groups have experienced funding cuts since the state's financial crisis began.

The Kansas City Star reported that under the legislation, the existing tax on wholesale alcohol would double, costing Kansans a few more cents for every beer or glass of wine.

Opposition is coming from lobbyists for liquor distributors and bars, as well as liquor store owners. They are predicting the bill would hurt sales and prompt Kansans living near the state line to shop in Missouri.

The tax increase is one of several that lawmakers are considering to close a $400 million budget deficit.

 


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