Kan. Senate drafting new tax plan to break impasse

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)
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, Kansas (AP) – The Kansas Senate is considering a new tax plan as its Republican leaders hope to end a deadlock with House GOP leaders on raising new revenue from the sales tax.

Top Senate Republicans outlined a proposal Thursday to lower the sales tax on groceries to 4.95 percent but keep it at 6.3 percent on all other items.

The Senate scheduled the debate after House Republicans rejected a plan to hold votes in both chambers on multiple tax proposals.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback wants to cut income taxes further to follow up on massive reductions last year. Raising additional sales tax revenue would prevent budget shortfalls.

The sales tax is scheduled by law to drop to 5.7 percent in July. House Republicans had proposed setting the tax at 6 percent.

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