Kansas legislators head into overtime as tax issues remain
By Greg Janetka
TOPEKA, Kansas: With the 90 day legislative session ending Thursday, but no tax plan in sight, Kansas lawmakers headed into overtime. Adjourning Friday for the three-day Memorial Day weekend, they will return on Tuesday for the 95th day.
At debate is a tax plan that has led to a great deal of Republican infighting, with minority Democrats mostly on the sidelines. House Republican leaders say their chamber will not agree to a plan with a sales tax above 6 percent, while Republicans in the Senate are pushing for a plan at or close to 6.3 percent. On Friday, negotiators agreed to a 6 percent sales tax. The House will take up the plan first, as early as Tuesday. Its chance of passing both chambers, however, is in doubt.
Gov. Sam Brownback (R), who has advocated for keeping the sales tax at 6.3 percent, initially showed displeasure with the impasse, saying on Wednesday, “It is time to wrap up the session.” Brownback softened his tune two days later, saying Kansas residents just want the best policy possible. “They’re interested in solutions, even if it takes some overtime,” he said.
- Kansas legislators reach impasse over tax issues May 8, 2013
- The Kansas City Star, "Some lawmakers waive pay as Kansas session goes into overtime," May 24, 2013 (dead link)
- The Kansas City Star, "Kansas negotiators agree on a 6 percent sales tax," May 24, 2013
- Kansas First News, "Kansas governor pushing lawmakers to wrap up tax debate," May 22, 2013
- WIBW, "Kansas Governor Right Tax Policy Worth Lawmakers' OT," May 25, 2013