Lawmakers struggling, Governor steps in on budget

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TOPEKA, KS – Governor Sam Brownback has come up with an idea for a new tax plan Friday evening.

In a surprise move, some lawmakers say it could include a sales tax increase of up to one cent.

Other lawmakers counter and say it could be more conservative and include a mix of a slight sales tax increase combined with further cuts to the Kansas budget.

The Brownback plan comes amidst lawmakers staying late for the weekend with full sessions planned for Saturday and Sunday.

Lawmakers are still trying to close a budget gap of over $400 million before June 7th.

Governor Brownback was set to announce his plan at a 6:30 p.m. news conference on Friday evening but then cancelled the news conference to meet with legislators for further discussion.

The news conference is going to be rescheduled but when is unknown at this time.

KSN is continuing to track this story and will bring you new details as they are announced.

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