Kansas lawmakers hope for progress on taxes, budget

Kansas Capital
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators hope to make progress toward resolving their differences on tax and budget issues.

Republican leaders expected House and Senate tax negotiators to resume talks Thursday. GOP leaders have been unable to agree on adjusting the sales tax to head off budget shortfalls while the state cuts income taxes further.

The 6.3 percent sales tax is set by law to drop to 5.7 percent in July.

An adjustment in the sales tax would be tied to cuts in personal income taxes that would follow up on massive reductions approved last year.

Thursday was the 97th day of the Legislature’s annual session.

The tax impasse has held up consideration of a proposed $14.5 billion state budget for each of the next two fiscal years, beginning in July.

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