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Sales Tax Increase To Be Debated

Associated Press - May 15, 2015 6:23 am

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Kansas House members are preparing to debate a plan for increasing the state’s sales tax to help close a projected budget shortfall.

The bill on Friday’s agenda would raise the sales tax to 6.85 percent from its current 6.15 percent. However, the tax on food would drop to 5.9 percent.

The measure also eliminates most personal income tax deductions. Taxpayers still could deduct all of their charitable contributions and half of the property taxes paid on their homes and the interest paid on their home mortgages.

Legislators must close a projected budget shortfall of $406 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

The state’s budget problems arose after lawmakers slashed personal income taxes in 2012 and 2013 at Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s urging to stimulate the economy.

Fred Hanson

May 15, 2015 at 9:51 am

Bill HB 2117 needs to be retracted and has caused all kinds of problems with small business’s and small farmers. This bill should never have been approved and those that did should not be re-elected to office unless it is repealed.

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