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Leader Doubts Kansas Senate Could Pass New Tax Plan

Associated Press - June 9, 2015 12:32 pm

Majority Leader Terry Bruce says the Kansas Senate might not pass another tax plan after a tight vote advanced a package this weekend.

The Nickerson Republican said Tuesday that he believes the bill to increase sales and cigarette taxes is fair and should be approved by the House. The House postponed a vote on the plan Monday and it wasn’t clear that members would debate it Tuesday.

Bruce said that if the House re-opens negotiations with the Senate over tax issues, he is not sure any modified plan could win Senate approval.

Lawmakers have been unable to agree on raising taxes by about $400 million to prevent a budget deficit. The $15.4 billion budget lawmakers have approved for the fiscal year beginning July 1 does not balance otherwise.

Larry Elmquist

June 9, 2015 at 3:21 pm

When the time comes, will Governor Brownback’s fiscal architect, the heretofore discredited, Arthur Laffer, be indited as a co-conspirator and accessory before the fact?

Joel Spurlock

June 10, 2015 at 11:20 am

Remember at election time this guy that said he would cut taxes raised them on 98% of the voters. This means you even if you voted for him. The reason you elected him was a lie. he said he would put more money in the classroom, he removed 300 million from the classroom statewide if he gets his way. He is not competent and the people of Kansas should remove him from office due to lack of ability to govern.

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