Kansas legislators head into overtime as tax issues remain

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May 25, 2013


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.[1]

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.[2]

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.”[3] 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.[4]

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