Governor Brownback Looking To Cancel Scheduled Sales Tax Decrease

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas legislators reconvene this week facing a decision about Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to stabilize the budget by canceling a scheduled sales tax decrease.

The political climate appears to be as volatile as the state's recent weather.

The Senate has embraced the Republican governor's plan to keep the sales tax at its current rate of 6.3 percent, as well as his proposal for cuts in personal income tax rates to follow up on reductions enacted last year.

The House wants to let the sales tax drop to 5.7 percent in July as planned, with less aggressive income tax cuts.

Some Republican legislators believe a compromise is possible. But several key legislators also said GOP lawmakers could remain at odds and the Legislature could adjourn without passing a tax bill.


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