Kansas House Advances Cuts In Sales, Income Taxes

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas House has given first-round approval to bill cutting sales and income taxes after rejecting a diversion of highway funds to stabilize the budget.

The bill advanced Wednesday on an 82-37 vote, suggesting it has enough support to pass on final action expected Thursday.

The legislation follows up on personal income tax cuts enacted last year by promising income tax rate reductions each year that overall state revenues grow more than 2 percent.

Also, the bill allows the state sales tax to decline as scheduled in July.

Originally, the bill would have diverted $382 million over two years from highway projects to other budget uses. But the idea inspired strong protests, and House members eliminated the diversion.

The Senate has approved its own tax bill.