Kansas lawmakers to restart public tax negotiations

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Kansas legislators are restarting public negotiations aimed at resolving their differences over tax issues.

Three senators and three House negotiators scheduled a Wednesday afternoon meeting, their first in more than a month. They’re supposed to draft a compromise on proposals to cut income taxes and cancel a scheduled decrease in the sales tax.

But the negotiators have not been meeting while Senate President Susan Wagle and House Speaker Ray Merrick had private discussions with GOP Gov. Sam Brownback.

Brownback and the GOP leaders want to follow personal income tax cuts enacted last year with additional cuts. But the state must stabilize its budget, and Brownback wants to keep the sales tax at 6.3 percent, rather than letting it drop to 5.7 percent in July as planned.

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