Kan. gov. pushing lawmakers to wrap up tax debate

Kansas Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce, center, a Hutchinson Republican, confers with two top aides to GOP Gov. Sam Brownback, Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in the second-floor rotunda of the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The aides are left, Jon Hummell, Brownback's policy director, and, right, Landon Fulmer, the governor's chief of staff. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback is telling Kansas legislators that it’s time for them to resolve their differences on tax issues and finish their work for the year.

The Republican governor issued his statement Wednesday after negotiations between the House and Senate on adjusting the state sales tax hit a new snag.

The legislative negotiators were unable to agree on canceling all or part of a sales tax decline scheduled for July. They planned to meet again Thursday.

Brownback wants to keep the sales tax at 6.3 percent to raise revenue so that Kansas can follow the massive income-tax cuts approved last year with more income tax reductions.

The governor said the Republican-controlled Legislature is positioning the state for economic growth.

But he added, “It is time to wrap up the session.”

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