Gas Tax "Buffer Zone" in Kansas?


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The Kansas legislature's Joint Tax Committee is considering a proposal to create a series of gas tax "buffer zones" around the state's perimeter. Of the four states that share a border with Kansas, only Nebraska currently has a lower gas tax, allegedly prompting some motorists to cross state lines to fill up. The proposed buffer zones would allow any gas station in a "border town" to lower their gas tax to within one cent of that of the neighboring state. These areas are being promoted as a way to capture gas tax revenue that is currently lost to cross-border trade. However, it is likely that these zones will not eliminate the border problem, but instead simply move the lower gas border further inside Kansas. If these buffer zones become reality, instead of crossing the border to get cheaper gas, Kansans will be able to simply drive into a border town.

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