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Shop in Kansas to help Sunflower State neighbors

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback The Associated Press

Missourians who want to help out their Sunflower State neighbors can go shop in Kansas.

It may be the only way to help keep Gov. Sam Brownback’s government afloat. Huge tax cuts in Kansas last year to try to attract businesses from surrounding states have necessitated the need for Kansas to keep from decreasing the 6.3 percent sales tax to 5.7 percent in July. The Legislature has to act on keeping it at that level rather than let it fall as dictated by state law.

By shopping in Kansas, Missourians and people in other neighboring states could help supplement Kansas revenues until Kansas grabs enough businesses from surrounding states lured by the tax cuts. The backward logic has as good a chance of paying off as any Powerball ticket has of winning.