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1.1.24 – KMBC

Bills dealing with taxes, wages and even food are getting ready to take affect

New laws are going into effect in both Kansas and Missouri today. And it could impact your family’s wallet.

The Kansas grocery sales tax is now reduced from 4 percent to 2 percent. This is part of a multi-year plan set in motion by the “Axe the Food Tax” bill signed in 2022.

According to the governor’s office, Kansans are projected to see an additional $150 million in savings because of this legislation.

Also in Kansas, 2024 marks the start of school choice. New laws allow parents to enroll children in any public school district in Kansas.

On the Missouri side, the minimum wage will increase from $12 to $12.30 in 2024. The new minimum wage rate for all private and non-exempt businesses is based on the increase or decrease in the cost of living pursuant to the consumer price index.

There’s another law kicking off in 2024 that will benefit Missouri workers. A new bill gives a $1,500 tax break to companies that pay for their employees to pursue certifications and licenses which lead them to advance in their given field.