Kansas lawmakers to try again on tax increase

Kansas Statehouse (KSN News)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas legislators are preparing to draft another plan for raising income taxes to fix the state budget after top Republicans abruptly dropped a proposal negotiated earlier.

House and Senate negotiators planned to meet Tuesday evening.

The same negotiators drafted a proposal Monday evening to raise $879 million over two years by rolling back past income tax cuts championed by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

Senate GOP leaders had wanted to expedite a vote but canceled it Tuesday morning when support for the plan collapsed.

Democrats and moderate Republicans said the plan didn’t raise enough new revenue to cover the state’s budget shortfalls and also provide additional funds for public schools.

Kansas faces budget shortfalls totaling $887 million through June 2019 and the Kansas Supreme Court has said education funding is inadequate.

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