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Kan. Senate passes revised income, sales tax bill

Published on -3/14/2013, 3:55 PM

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- The Kansas Senate has approved a bill that further cuts the state's individual income tax rates but also cancels a scheduled drop in the state sales tax.

Thursday's 25-14 vote sends the measure to the House.

The bill follows up on personal income tax cuts enacted last year. It's designed to stabilize the budget while allowing Gov. Sam Brownback and other Republicans to pursue their goal of eventually phasing out personal income taxes.

The measure contains Brownback's plan to phase in a second round of income tax rate cuts over four years. It also keeps the sales tax at its current 6.3 percent rate, rather than letting it drop to 5.7 percent in July as provided by law.

It also phases out income tax deductions as rates decline.

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