Republican Tax Plan Clears Kansas Legislature

By: AP/Press Release/Posted by Chelsey Moran
By: AP/Press Release/Posted by Chelsey Moran

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas legislators have given final approval to plan for raising new revenues to prevent future budget shortfalls even as the state further reduces income tax rates.

The House approved the measure early Sunday on a 69-45 vote, shortly after the Senate passed it, 24-13.

The plan emerged Saturday from private negotiations between GOP Governor Sam Brownback and Republican legislative leaders.

The bill goes next to Brownback. He praised it as ``a fabulous package'' during a news conference.

The measure would set the state's sales tax at 6.15 percent in July. The tax is now 6.3 percent but is scheduled by law to drop to 5.7 percent, also in July.

The bill follows up on massive personal income tax cuts enacted last year with additional cuts in income tax rates.

“I’m incredibly proud of the work we’ve accomplished. The people of Kansas sent us here to cut spending and reduce taxes in a fiscally responsible manner; that’s what we’ve done and I’m pleased to have played a part,” said House Speaker Ray Merrick (R-Stilwell).

Democrat Legislative Leaders have yet to comment.


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