TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly was in the Kansas City area Wednesday to sign a bill phasing out the state’s food sales tax. The event took place at a Hy-Vee.

The food sales tax will drop to 4% starting in 2023, 2% in 2024, and zero in 2025.

Gov. Laura Kelly holds up the bill cutting the state’s food tax at a Kansas City-area Hy-Vee on May 11, 2022. (Courtesy: Gov. Laura Kelly’s Office)

“A lot of families are struggling right now just based off food,” shopper Brandy Stimec said on Tuesday. “Food is something that we shouldn’t have to struggle for, in my opinion.”

Kelly and fellow Democrats waged a public campaign for weeks to get the GOP-controlled Legislature to eliminate the whole tax on July 1, but that plan ultimately wasn’t agreed to.

“When Kansans needed it most, we were able to bring Democrats and Republicans together to eliminate our state’s tax on groceries,” Gov. Kelly said. “Because we saved for our collective future, we can now responsibly axe the food tax – all while boosting funding to Kansas schools, roads, and law enforcement.”

Eliminating the 6.5% tax is Kelly’s most visible legislative initiative as she faces reelection in November.

Watch Wednesday’s event at Hy-Vee below: