Gov. Mark Parkinson is sticking by his proposal to increase sales tax by 1 percent for three years and ramp up tobacco taxes for good, despite the opposition of legislators and business leaders. For more than moral support, the governor can now point to the latest SurveyUSA poll, co-sponsored by KWCH, Channel 12. Of 500 Kansans surveyed Wednesday, 56 percent favored increasing the sales tax “to prevent further funding cuts for education, Medicaid, prisons, roads and social services” and hiking the 79-cents-per-pack cigarette tax by 55 cents. Even more people — 71 percent — think the state allows too many organizations to be exempt from sales taxes.
The poll also found that 65 percent want smoking to be banned in public places in Kansas — not the 75 percent Parkinson claimed in his State of the State speech but not bad either.
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