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Kansas legislators reach impasse over tax issues

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May 10, 2013


By Greg Janetka

TOPEKA, Kansas: Due to disagreements between the House and Senate over tax issues, it appears that the Kansas State Legislature may stay in session past the goal of 80 days.[1]

Gov. Sam Brownback (R) and Republican leaders are seeking to further reduce income tax rates, but must concurrently stabilize the state budget, which has caused disagreement. Brownback met with President of the Senate Susan Wagle and Speaker of the House Ray Merrick on Tuesday, with talks expected to continue.[2]

The Senate passed the governor's proposed income tax cuts as well as his plan to keep the 6.3 percent sales tax. The House, meanwhile, agreed to reduce the sales tax to 5.7 percent, but with a smaller reduction of the income tax. Minority Democrats continue to criticize the income tax cuts from last year as well as the sales tax proposal as reckless and unfair to the poor.[3]

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