Tax Bill Needed to Close Kansas Deficit Advances

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Senate has approved a tax bill
that many lawmakers see as crucial to eliminating the state's
budget deficit.

Thursday night's 25-14 vote sent the measure to the House, which is expected to consider it Friday.

Legislators are trying to close a $328 million deficit in the $13 billion budget already approved for the next fiscal year. The $61 million tax bill is the last piece of a bipartisan plan for doing it.

The bill gives the Department of Revenue more power to waive penalties to get Kansans to pay back taxes to raise $35 million.

The measure gives Kansans less time _ one year instead of three
_ to seek income and sales tax refunds. It also reduces income tax
credits for businesses and others.

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