Legislative Tax Talks Continue

May 21, 2013

Negotiators from the Kansas House and Senate are moving closer to a deal on canceling all or part of a scheduled drop in the state sales tax.

Negotiators resumed their talks on tax issues Tuesday and plan to continue Wednesday.

The sales tax is the key issue. It's scheduled by law to decline in July from the current 6.3 percent to 5.7 percent. But the Senate has approved Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to cancel that decline.

The House favored allowing the tax to drop as planned, but the chamber's Republican leaders later proposed resetting it at 6 percent. Senate negotiators Tuesday proposed a sales tax of 6.25 percent.

Many GOP legislators want to cut personal income taxes, but lawmakers also must stabilize the budget.