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Kan. House GOP won't budge more on sales tax

Published on -5/22/2013, 12:03 PM

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas legislators have resumed negotiations on tax issues, but House Republicans aren't budging more on adjusting the state's sales tax.

Wednesday's meeting of House and Senate negotiators comes after senators proposed trimming the 6.3 percent sales tax to 6.25 percent in July. The House had suggested lowering it to 6 percent.

House Republicans stuck with that position.

The tax is scheduled by law to drop to 5.7 percent on July 1. But Gov. Sam Brownback proposed keeping it at 6.3 percent to stabilize the budget while Kansas pursues more cuts in personal income taxes after massive reductions enacted last year.

The Senate approved Brownback's plan earlier this year. The House wanted to let the sales tax drop as planned but modified its stance in earlier negotiations.

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