Kansas lawmakers to resume talks over proposed tax increases
Topeka Kansas legislators plan to resume negotiations over proposals for raising taxes to close a projected state budget shortfall.
Three senators and three House members were meeting Thursday. They launched their talks Wednesday without resolving any issues.
Lawmakers must close a projected $406 million budget shortfall for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
Top House negotiator and Republican Rep. Marvin Kleeb of Overland Park said he'll push for a plan similar to one outlined last week by GOP Gov. Sam Brownback so that the House can vote on it.
But Kleeb said he'll probably propose a smaller sales tax increase than the governor.
Brownback's plan would boost the sales tax to 6.65 percent from 6.15 percent and raise the state's cigarette tax by 50 cents a pack to $1.29.