Senate Tax Plan Uncertain In House
Associated Press - June 8, 2015 6:43 am
Kansas House members could balance the next state budget by approving a plan to boost sales and cigarette taxes, or they could push for an alternative.
The House faces a potential vote on a tax bill Monday after the Senate approved it Sunday, 21-17.
Lawmakers have approved a $15.4 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 that would result in a deficit without tax increases.
The bill approved by the Senate would increase the state’s sales tax to 6.55 percent from 6.15 percent and raise the cigarette tax by 50 cents a pack to $1.29. It would raise more than enough revenue to balance the budget.
But Republican Rep. Marvin Kleeb of Overland Park, the House’s top tax policy negotiator, says he doubts the tax plan can pass his chamber.