The Kansas House today (THUR) rejected a bill that would have made permanent last year’s sales tax increase. Last session, the Legislature increased the state sales tax from 5.3 to 6.3 percent, for a period of three years. The bill in the House would have kept the higher sales tax rate and lowered personal and corporate income tax rates. Representative Ann Mah (“maw”), a Topeka Democrat, said the sales tax increase should stay temporary.
Supporters of the legislation said lowering the income tax rates would help spur economic growth in Kansas. The House also rejected a bill that would have repealed the 1-cent sales tax increase.