The Kansas Senate’s tax committee has passed a bill that would use a combination of tax increases to eliminate a budget deficit. In recent weeks, the committee has failed to advance any tax plans. The chairman, Republican Senator Les Donovan, urged committee members to come to an agreement.
“You’re going to have to learn the art of compromise. Somehow this year that seems to have disappeared or certainly weakened. We need to get that back on the table. That’s not a dirty word. ‘Compromise’ is not a bad word,” says Donovan.
The plan would increase the sales tax on non-food purchases, increase tobacco taxes and cancel future income tax reductions. It also eliminates a tax exemption on business income and replaces it with a tax credit based on the number of employees working for a business. The legislation now goes to the full Senate for consideration.
The committee also advanced a bill that would cut off lawmakers’ pay after Friday. The Legislature was supposed to wrap up the 90-day session last week.