Kansas Senate On Tax Breaks: Yes To Charity, No To Gambling Losses

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

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP/WIBW) - A debate over tax cuts stretched into the nighttime hours before earning first-round approval in the Kansas Senate.

Senators gave initial approval on a voice vote Wednesday night to a bill that gradually phases out income tax deductions, like the home mortgage interest deduction, as tax rates drop. Gov. Sam Brownback eventually wants to get the state's income tax rates to zero.

Senators, however, did keep the deductions for charitable contributions and adoptions. Another amendment eliminates a deduction for gambling losses, which would raise about $6 million annually.

Senators also voted 24-10 to keep the state's sales tax at its current rate, as the Governor proposed, rather than letting it drop this summer as scheduled.

Approval on a final vote Thursday would send the bill to the House.

If that happens, it would appear the chambers already have a key difference when it comes to the sales tax rate. A House committee approved its own tax plan Wednesday. It would allow the sales tax rate to go down.

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