Kansas tax negotiators agree on 6 percent sales tax

Kansas state Sen. Laura Kelly, standing, a Topeka Democrat, debates tax legislation, Thursday, May 23, 2013, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Also following the debate are, left to right, Sen. Tom Holland, a Baldwin City Democrat; Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, and Sen. Greg Smith, an Overland Park Republican. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
Kansas state Sen. Laura Kelly, standing, a Topeka Democrat, debates tax legislation, Thursday, May 23, 2013, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Also following the debate are, left to right, Sen. Tom Holland, a Baldwin City Democrat; Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, and Sen. Greg Smith, an Overland Park Republican. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Kansas legislative negotiators have agreed on a proposal for cutting income taxes further and setting the state sales tax at 6 percent.

The deal emerged Friday from talks among three senators and three House members to reconcile differences between the two chambers.

House Republicans drafted the plan, and GOP senators accepted it to see whether other lawmakers would support it. The House would vote on it first, possibly Tuesday.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback wants to follow up on massive income tax cuts enacted last year without creating budget shortfalls. He proposed canceling a sales tax decrease scheduled by law for July.

The 6.3 percent tax is set to drop to 5.7 percent. GOP senators wanted to keep the tax at its current rate, but House Republicans resisted.

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