Kansas House rejects new plan to boost taxes to fix budget

Kansas joint House-Senate Tax Committee (KSN file photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas House has overwhelmingly rejected a new budget-balancing plan to raise sales and tobacco taxes and suspend the state’s “march to zero” income taxes.

The vote Thursday was 108-3 against a plan drafted by three Senate and three House negotiators earlier in the day.

The negotiators planned to meet again Friday morning.

The plan rejected by the House would have raised the state’s sales tax to 6.65 percent from 6.15 percent and boosted the cigarette tax by 50 cents a pack, to $1.29.

Under the plan, the state also would have made no further income tax cuts after 2020.

The measure would have raised $430 million in new revenues during the upcoming fiscal year to erase a projected budget shortfall that followed income tax cuts in 2012 and 2013.

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