UPDATE: Kansas Lawmakers' Talks On Taxes At Standstill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Negotiations among Kansas legislators on tax issues are stalled amid bickering between Republican leaders in the House and Senate.

Senators and House negotiators had no meetings Monday.

House GOP leaders complained that Republican senators have not responded to their compromise proposal to drop the 6.3 percent state sales tax to 6 percent. The tax is now scheduled to drop to 5.7 percent in July, but the Senate has approved Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to cancel the decline.

Senate Republican leaders wanted to finish work on budget issues before resolving the tax question.

Brownback and GOP leaders in the Republican-dominated Legislature want to follow last year's reductions in in personal income taxes with more cuts. But they also need revenue to stabilize the budget.


Negotiations are at a standstill between the Kansas House and Senate over the state's sales tax rate and proposals to cut individual income taxes.

Three senators and three House members appointed to reconcile the differences between their chambers on tax issues had no meetings scheduled Monday.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and GOP leaders in the Republican-dominated Legislature want to follow up on individual income tax cuts enacted this year with more cuts.

But the two chambers disagree over Brownback's proposal to stabilize the budget by keeping the sales tax at 6.3 percent, rather than letting it drop to 5.7 percent in July, as scheduled by state law.

The Senate approved Brownback's sales tax plan. House GOP leaders have proposed setting the rate at 6 percent.

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