Kansas House Proposes Their Tax Deal

AP) – Republican legislators are proposing changes to a plan for raising Kansas sales, cigarette and business taxes aimed at winning final approval for the tax increases to balance the budget.

GOP House members presented their changes Wednesday to negotiators on tax issues for their chamber and the Senate.

Their proposals are mostly technical changes to policy measures added to a Senate-passed bill increasing the sales tax to 6.55 percent from 6.15 percent and boosting the cigarette tax by 50 cents a pack to $1.29.

The plan also would raise business taxes by $24 million during the fiscal year beginning July 1, the biggest increase Republican Gov. Sam Brownback will accept.

If negotiators agree to the changes, both chambers would consider them separately from the sales, cigarette and business tax increases.

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