Kan. lawmakers postpone talks on taxes, budget

Kansas House members negotiate with senators on tax issues while reporters, lobbyists and other lawmakers watch, Friday, May 24, 2013, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Kansas legislators aren’t resuming negotiations yet on tax issues, and their work on the state budget has stalled.

The House and Senate met only briefly Wednesday before adjourning for the day. Lawmakers were in the 96th day of their annual session, already six days past the number specified in the state constitution.

The standstill came after the House rejected a proposal Tuesday from its Republican leaders to set the sales tax at 6 percent in July.

The measure would have raised new revenues to prevent budget shortfalls while Kansas pursued fresh income tax cuts to follow up on massive reductions enacted last year.

The sales tax is 6.3 percent, but it’s scheduled by law to drop to 5.7 percent in July. Republican leaders can’t agree on adjusting the tax.


Wednesday was the 96th day of the Legislature’s annual session.

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