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UPDATE: KS Lawmakers Hope to Complete Work This Weekend

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislative leaders plan to have lawmakers resolve difficult tax issues and wrap up their business this weekend. Lawmakers hoped House and Senate tax negotiators would resume talks Thursday. GOP leaders have been unable to agree on adjusting the sales tax to head off budget shortfalls while the state cuts income taxes further. But House Majority Leader Jene Vickrey told other GOP lawmakers Thursday that it's time for lawmakers to work through the weekend to finish the year's business. The 6.3 percent sales tax is set by law to drop to 5.7 percent in July. An adjustment would be tied to cuts in personal income taxes. Lawmakers also are working on the next state budget of about $14.5 billion. Thursday was the 97th day of the Legislature's annual session.

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