Kansas legislative negotiators draft new plan to raise taxes

Kansas Statehouse (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas legislative negotiators have agreed on a new plan for balancing the state budget that defies a veto threat from Gov. Sam Brownback.

The plan drafted Friday by three senators and three House members would raise business taxes by $101 million during the fiscal year beginning July 1. The Republican governor has threatened to veto any plan raising business taxes by more than $24 million.

The House expected to debate the measure Friday afternoon.

The plan also increases the sales tax to 6.45 percent from 6.15 percent. Brownback proposed boosting the tax to 6.65 percent.

Negotiators resumed talks Friday after the House rejected a plan Thursday night that was similar to one Brownback’s proposed.

Lawmakers must raise taxes by more than $400 million to close a budget shortfall.

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