Kansas lawmakers resuming work on tax plan, budget

Kansas Statehouse

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas House members are preparing to vote on cutting personal income taxes further and setting the state’s sales tax at 6 percent in July to prevent budget shortfalls.

The measure facing a vote Tuesday afternoon in the House was drafted by House and Senate negotiators to reconcile differences on legislation following individual income tax cuts enacted last year.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback wants to raise fresh sales tax revenues to stabilize the budget. The tax is 6.3 percent but is set by law to drop law to 5.7 percent in July.

Meanwhile, legislative negotiators have agreed on a proposed $14.5 billion budget for each of the next two fiscal years, starting in July. But votes weren’t scheduled.

Tuesday was the 95th day of the Legislature’s annual session.

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