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Top GOP lawmakers in Kansas stalemated on taxes

Published on -5/23/2013, 6:45 AM

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Top Republicans in the Kansas Legislature still don't have a deal on taxes that would clear the way for the annual session to adjourn.

House and Senate negotiators planned to resume talks Thursday, hoping to resolve differences on cutting income taxes and adjusting the state sales tax.

The Senate's agenda also included a possible debate on taxes, so members could fashion a new proposal.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and most members of the GOP-dominated Legislature want to cut income taxes further following massive reductions last year. Brownback argues the state must raise additional sales tax revenue to prevent budget problems.

The 6.3 percent sales tax is set by law to fall to 5.7 percent in July. GOP lawmakers can't agree on how much of the decrease to cancel.

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