Kansas Lawmakers Talk Tax Cuts But Move Little

By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas legislators have resumed their discussions about reducing taxes, but Senate negotiators are finding they don't have as much room as they'd like to bargain with House members.

Three senators and three House members met Tuesday to work on an alternative to massive tax cuts that the Republican-controlled Legislature sent to GOP Gov. Sam Brownback last week.

That package cuts individual income tax rates and eliminates income taxes for 191,000 businesses. The state's sales tax rate already was set to drop to 5.7 percent from 6.3 percent, starting in July 2013.

Many lawmakers want to reconsider those tax cuts because legislative researchers forecast that they'll leave the state with a budget shortfall by mid-2014.

But House members didn't like alternatives presented by senators.

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