Kan. Tax Negotiators Agree On 6 Percent Sales Tax

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas legislative negotiators have agreed on a proposal for cutting income taxes further and setting the state sales tax at 6 percent.

The deal emerged Friday from talks among three senators and three House members to reconcile differences between the two chambers.

House Republicans drafted the plan, and GOP senators accepted it to see whether other lawmakers would support it. The House would vote on it first, possibly Tuesday.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback wants to follow up on massive income tax cuts enacted last year without creating budget shortfalls. He proposed canceling a sales tax decrease scheduled by law for July.

The 6.3 percent tax is set to drop to 5.7 percent. GOP senators wanted to keep the tax at its current rate, but House Republicans resisted.

Earlier Friday
The Kansas House has overwhelmingly rejected a new tax plan drafted by top Senate Republicans to impose a lower sales tax on food but keep the tax on all other items at 6.3 percent.

The vote Friday was 190 to 5 against the measure. The Senate had approved it Thursday evening on a 24 to 15 vote.

The measure would have lowered the state sales tax on groceries to 4.95 percent in January.

The 6.3 percent sales tax is scheduled to drop to 5.7 percent in July.

Governor Sam Brownback wants to cancel most or all of the decrease to stabilize the budget while Kansas cuts individual income taxes.

The House adjourned until Tuesday, guaranteeing that the Legislature's annual session will last at least 95 days, five more than the state constitution specifies.

Legislators receive $88 per day from the state while in session.