UPDATE: Latest Tax Plan Rejected
Associated Press - June 11, 2015 7:58 am
The Kansas House has rejected a bill increasing sales and cigarette taxes to erase a projected budget deficit and avert deep spending cuts.
The vote was 94-21 Thursday against a measure that would raise more than $400 million during the fiscal year that begins July 1. The tax increases would have balanced a $15.4 billion budget already approved by the Republican-dominated Legislature.
The state’s budget problems arose after legislators slashed income taxes in 2012 and 2013 at GOP Gov. Sam Brownback’s urging.
The Kansas Constitution prohibits the state from running a deficit. Brownback’s budget director warned lawmakers this week failing to pass a tax bill would lead to across-the-board spending cuts.
House GOP leaders held the roll open for four hours over two days but couldn’t get the votes.
ORIGINAL: Kansas House members are preparing to finish voting on a bill that would raise taxes to close a budget deficit.
But heading into Thursday’s session, they appeared poised to vote the measure down and increase the likelihood of deep spending cuts.
The House broke off its session at midnight Wednesday in the midst of the tax vote and was to pick up its work at the same point.
The roll will be open under a procedure that was used to call in 10 absent members to vote. The tally stood at 86-29 against the bill, but it’s not yet final.
The measure increases sales, cigarette and business taxes to help raise more than $400 million to balance the budget lawmakers have approved for the fiscal year beginning July 1.