March 12, 2013
Democrats' leader in the Kansas Senate says the party will push to decrease the state's sales tax and to provide additional tax relief for the poor.
Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka said Tuesday that Democrats will propose expanding tax legislation before the chamber for debate this week. Hensley shared details with The Associated Press.
One proposal would allow the sales tax to drop to 5.7 percent in July, as scheduled. Republican Gov. Sam Brownback wants the sales tax to stay at 6.3 percent rate to stabilize the budget as he pursues individual income tax cuts. Also, Democrats will try to preserve a tax break for homeowners targeted by Brownback.
Hensley said Democrats want to restore tax breaks eliminated last year for renters and people using child care.