Kansas House rejects plan setting sales tax at 6%

Kansas Capital
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas House has rejected a plan for cutting personal income taxes further and setting the state’s sales tax at 6 percent in July to prevent budget shortfalls.

The vote Tuesday was 71-42 against the measure.

Republican legislative leaders said they’re not sure of their next step.

The measure was drafted by House and Senate negotiators to reconcile differences on legislation following individual income tax cuts enacted last year.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback wants to raise new sales tax revenues to stabilize the budget. The tax is 6.3 percent but is set by law to drop law to 5.7 percent in July.

GOP lawmakers’ disagreements on taxes have blocked action on a proposed $14.5 billion budget for each of the next two fiscal years, starting in July.

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