Kansas Lawmakers' Sales Tax Talks Take New Twist

By: AP (Posted by Josh Mabry)
By: AP (Posted by Josh Mabry)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas legislators are considering a proposal to impose a lower state sales tax on groceries than on other consumer goods.

Senate Republicans offered the proposal Wednesday during negotiations with House members on tax issues.

House and Senate Republicans disagree over how much the state's 6.3 percent sales tax should drop in July.

It's set to decline to 5.7 percent, but Gov. Sam Brownback and Senate GOP leaders have said allowing it to drop much will cause budget problems and prevent Kansas from cutting income taxes.

In negotiations, GOP senators proposed keeping the sales tax at 6.25 percent, while the House's plan was 6 percent.

As a compromise, Republican senators suggested dropping the sales tax on groceries to 5.7 percent while keeping the tax on other items at 6.25 percent.

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