Brownback: Tax impasse ‘normal’ for session’s end

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback says an impasse between the Kansas Legislature’s top leaders on tax issues is normal as lawmakers near the end of their session.

The Republican governor predicted Wednesday that the GOP-dominated Legislature will come to an agreement on cutting income taxes and potentially canceling a scheduled decrease in the state’s sales tax to stabilize the budget.

But Brownback told The Associated Press that reaching agreement on major issues is typically difficult when it comes time for leaders to sign off on a compromise. Lawmakers had hoped to finish their business this week.

Senate President Susan Wagle and House Speaker Ray Merrick have been having private talks with Brownback on tax issues. On Tuesday, they acknowledged they had an impasse.

But Brownback said, “This is normal.”

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