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Kansas House Lawmakers Back to Work on Taxes

Photo by Stephen Koranda

House lawmakers are going back to the drawing board today (MON) after the chamber roundly rejected a tax proposal last week. The bill they rejected would have mostly relied on a sales tax increase to fill a budget hole of more than $400 million. Statehouse reporter Stephen Koranda explains.

The chair of the Kansas House Tax Committee, Republican Marvin Kleeb, says they’ll start meeting again today to try to build a new plan. After the House rejected the sales tax proposal… Kleeb said lawmakers may not approve a sales tax hike that large, or a plan that relies mostly on sales tax revenue.

He says they’ll keep looking at a rollback of some business income tax cuts.

“We’re going to be continuing to work with the idea of the business tax side of things, visiting with members on blended approaches,” says Kleeb.
Kleeb says the vote against the sales tax bill doesn’t mean consumption taxes are totally off the table, but he believes the vote shows that a more diverse mix of taxes may be needed.

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