Democrat: Chances for tax plan slipping away

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Democratic state senator involved in Kansas legislators’ tax negotiations says chances that Republicans can pass tax legislation this year are diminishing.

Sen. Tom Holland of Baldwin City questioned Friday whether House Republicans can agree on any proposal for adjusting the state sales tax while further cutting income taxes.

The House rejected a plan Thursday night to drop the sales tax on groceries to 4.9 percent but keep it at 6.3 percent on other items.

Democrats oppose Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s efforts to follow up on massive income tax cuts last year with another round of reductions.

Brownback proposed keeping the sales tax at 6.3 percent to raise additional revenues to prevent budget shortfalls. The tax is set to drop by law to 5.7 percent in July.

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