Kansas lawmakers mull 6.15 percent sales tax

Kansas Taxes Budget
FILE - Gov. Sam Brownback (AP Photos/John Hanna)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Kansas legislators negotiating over tax issues are considering rival proposals to set the state’s sales tax at 6.15 percent in July.

The House-Senate talks Friday were aimed at finding a compromise on tax legislation. A final plan would cut income taxes but also adjust the sales tax to raise new revenues to avoid budget shortfalls.

The sales tax is 6.3 percent but is scheduled by law to decline to 5.7 percent in July.

GOP senators proposed setting the sales tax at 6.15 percent in July.

House Republicans are proposing setting the sales tax at 6.15 percent as well but decreasing it in years in which overall state revenue growth tops 2 percent.

The negotiators were mulling over both proposals. A deal must be approved by both chambers.

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