Kansas Lawmakers Get Closer But Stall On Sales Tax

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

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas legislative negotiators are considering rival plans to set the state's sales tax at 6.15 percent but can't agree on the details.

Negotiators for the House and Senate appeared to be moving closer Friday to an agreement but broke off talks in the evening.

Their talks were aimed at finding a compromise on a plan to cut income taxes but also adjust the sales tax to raise new revenues to avoid budget shortfalls.

The sales tax is 6.3 percent but is scheduled by law to decline to 5.7 percent in July.

GOP senators proposed setting the sales tax at 6.15 percent in July.

House Republicans proposed setting the sales tax at 6.15 percent as well but decreasing it in years in which state revenue growth tops 2 percent.

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