The Kansas state Senate has voted to lower the sales tax from 6.3% to 4.95% on groceries only – other purchases remain at the same rate – trying to ease the burden on middle class and poor families. It passed by a vote of 25-14. The plan also cuts the state income tax. Now it goes to the House, but its fate there is not very promising. Governor Sam Brownback would like the sales tax to stay at the current rate to make up for income tax cuts last year and the House is inclined to do what the governor wants. The situation has some urgency as the Kansas legislature is working overtime in Topeka to get business completed before their summer break. Aw, poor babies.