(photo of Kansas Capitol via Flickr user jimmywayne)
Kansas lawmakers are planning to work into the night (FRI) in hopes that they can wrap up the 2013 session sometime this weekend. Budget and tax issues still divide them. A plan to maintain a higher statewide sales tax to pay for income tax cuts has been the biggest sticking-point. Democrats and some Republicans say the dispute shows it was a mistake to pass such deep income tax cuts last year. Representative Richard Carlson, chairman of the House Tax Committee, refuses to call that move a mistake, but he acknowledges that “modifications” are needed.
No plan to keep the sales tax hike in place to pay for income tax cuts has yet passed the House.