Kansas House, Senate move closer on sales tax rate

Kansas Capital
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Negotiators from the Kansas House and Senate are moving closer to a deal on canceling all or part of a scheduled drop in the state sales tax.

Three negotiators resumed their talks on tax issues Tuesday and plan to continue Wednesday.

The sales tax is the key issue. It’s scheduled by law to decline in July from the current 6.3 percent to 5.7 percent.

But the Senate has approved Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to keep the tax unchanged. The House favored allowing the tax to decline as planned, but the chamber’s Republican leaders later proposed resetting it at 6 percent.

Senate negotiators Tuesday proposed a sales tax of 6.25 percent.

Many GOP legislators want to cut personal income taxes, but lawmakers must stabilize the budget.

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