Limited tax free school supply day would be justified
This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Missouri will offer a tax-free shopping day on school supplies. It's expected thousands of Missouri parents hit the stores and malls to load up on clothes, crayons, backpacks and everything else students need to be outfitted for school these days, including such high-dollar computer software and hardware purchases.
With families expected to spend an average of $560 on back-to-school supplies, we can assume the crowds in Missouri stores will include a good number of Kansas parents who crossed the state line to take advantage of savings afforded by the tax holiday. The Missouri Legislature didn't require identification be flashed to qualify for the tax holiday and stores certainly will encourage the added traffic through advertising and marketing.
State Rep. Anthony Brown of Eudora said during last year's campaign he would support a similar tax holiday in Kansas, but the Kansas Legislature hasn't followed the lead of Missouri or a number of other states in enacting a tax-free school supply holiday.
We would support such a move with the provision that all sales taxes destined to support state education not be forgiven. It seems to use fully appropriate that parents of school-aged children should continue to pay those taxes used to educate their children.