Latest State Budget Plan Fails
Associated Press - June 5, 2015 5:38 am
Legislative negotiators are preparing to resume talks on raising taxes after the Kansas House rejected a plan for balancing the next state budget.
Three senators and three House members are meeting Friday to work on a new plan for raising more than $400 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1 to close a budget shortfall.
The meeting came after the House’s 108-3 vote Thursday against a plan to increase the state’s sales tax to 6.65 percent from 6.15 percent and to raise the cigarette tax by 50 cents a pack to $1.29.
Those proposals were contained in a separate plan from Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.
The state’s budget gap arose after lawmakers cut personal income taxes in 2012 and 2013 at Brownback’s urging to stimulate the economy.