UPDATE: KS Lawmakers Once Again Postpone Talks On Taxes, Budget

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Kansas legislators aren't resuming negotiations yet on tax issues, and their work on the state budget has stalled.

The House and Senate met only briefly Wednesday before adjourning for the day. Lawmakers were in the 96th day of their annual session, already six days past the number specified in the state constitution.

The standstill came after the House rejected a proposal Tuesday from its Republican leaders to set the sales tax at 6 percent in July.

The measure would have raised new revenues to prevent budget shortfalls while Kansas pursued fresh income tax cuts to follow up on massive reductions enacted last year.

The sales tax is 6.3 percent, but it's scheduled by law to drop to 5.7 percent in July. Republican leaders can't agree on adjusting the tax.

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Kansas legislators plan to resume negotiations on tax issues following House rejection of a proposal to set the sales tax at 6 percent in July.

But House and Senate negotiators were still waiting to schedule talks Wednesday. They're still trying to resolve the differences between the two chambers on legislation following up on massive income tax cuts approved last year.

On a 71-42 vote Tuesday, the House rejected a proposal crafted by the leaders of its Republican majority during talks with the Senate. It would have cut income taxes further but raised new sales tax revenues to prevent budget shortfalls.

The sales tax is 6.3 percent, but it's scheduled by law to drop to 5.7 percent in July.

Wednesday was the 96th day of the Legislature's annual session.


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