Kansas lawmakers forced back into tax negotiations

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators are being forced to resume negotiations on tax issues following the House’s rejection of a plan to lower the state sales tax on groceries.

House and Senate negotiators were meeting Friday. It was the 98th day of the Legislature’s annual session, with 90 days normally scheduled.

Republicans who control both chambers can’t agree on adjusting the sales tax as part of a larger plan to also cut income taxes.

GOP Gov. Sam Brownback wants to raise additional sales tax revenues to prevent budget shortfalls. The sales tax is 6.3 percent but is set by law to decrease to 5.7 percent in July.

The House rejected a plan Thursday night to lower the sales tax on groceries to 4.9 percent while keeping it at 6.3 percent on other items.

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