Friday, May 24, 2013
The Kansas House has overwhelmingly rejected a new tax plan drafted by top Senate Republicans to impose a lower sales tax on food but keep the tax on all other items at 6.3 percent.
The vote Friday was 109-5 against the measure. The Senate had approved it Thursday evening on a 24-15 vote.
"We promised the people of Kansas that we would lower taxes and we intend to keep that promise," said Rep. Brandon Whipple, D-Wichita, who voted against the proposal in the House.
The measure would have lowered the state sales tax on groceries to 4.95 percent in January.
"Senate will likely hold very firm to using that sales tax to lower income and also lower the rate of tax families pay on food when they go to the grocery store," said Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita.
The 6.3 percent sales tax is scheduled to drop to 5.7 percent in July.
Gov. Sam Brownback wants to cancel most or all of the decrease to stabilize the budget while Kansas cuts individual income taxes.
The House adjourned until Tuesday, guaranteeing that the Legislature's annual session will last at least 95 days, five more than the state constitution specifies.