TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas Senate has approved a proposal to decrease the state’s sales tax on food to 5.7 percent from 6.15 percent.
The vote Tuesday was 24-11 to add a proposal from Democratic Sen. Marci Francisco of Lawrence to a bill creating an amnesty program for delinquent taxpayers.
After Francisco’s amendment, Republican leaders in the GOP-dominated chamber delayed a vote on the entire bill until Wednesday.
Republican leaders hoped the Senate would pass a stripped-down version of a measure it has been debating since Sunday. Senators could then begin negotiations with the House on tax issues.
Lawmakers must close a projected $406 million budget shortfall for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Republicans are deeply divided.
Senators initially narrowed the bill to the amnesty program and a few other provisions.