Kansas Senate leader says tax differences narrowing

Kansas House Majority Leader Jene Vickrey, left, a Louisburg Republican, confers with Rep. Kyle Hoffman, right, a Coldwater Republican, following the chamber's brief session, Monday, May 13, 2013, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Lawmakers are waiting on GOP Gov. Sam Brownback and Republican legislative leaders to broker a deal on tax issues. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
Kansas House Majority Leader Jene Vickrey, left, a Louisburg Republican, confers with Rep. Kyle Hoffman, right, a Coldwater Republican, following the chamber's brief session, Monday, May 13, 2013, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Lawmakers are waiting on GOP Gov. Sam Brownback and Republican legislative leaders to broker a deal on tax issues. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) — Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle says her chamber and the House are narrowing their differences over canceling a scheduled decline in the state sales tax.

The Wichita Republican agreed Monday with GOP Gov. Sam Brownback that private talks involving Wagle, Brownback and House Speaker Ray Merrick of Stilwell are going well.

But Wagle declined to provide specifics about how differences between the two chambers are narrowing as Republican leaders negotiate over the sales tax and cutting income taxes.

The Senate has approved Brownback’s proposals to cut income taxes and keep the sales tax at its current 6.3 percent rate to stabilize the budget.

The House has passed legislation allowing the sales tax to drop to 5.7 percent in July as provided by law, with less aggressive income tax cuts.

 

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