Brownback: Tax impasse ‘normal’ for session’s end

Sam Brownback
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Gov. Sam Brownback says an impasse between the Kansas Legislature’s top leaders on tax issues is normal as lawmakers near the end of their session.

The Republican governor predicted Wednesday that the GOP-dominated Legislature will come to an agreement on cutting income taxes and potentially canceling a scheduled decrease in the state’s sales tax to stabilize the budget.

But Brownback told The Associated Press that reaching agreement on major issues is typically difficult when it comes time for leaders to sign off on a compromise. Lawmakers had hoped to finish their business this week.

Senate President Susan Wagle and House Speaker Ray Merrick have been having private talks with Brownback on tax issues. On Tuesday, they acknowledged they had an impasse.

But Brownback said, “This is normal.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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