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Kansas stalemate continues as House defeats tax plan

Updated: 2013-05-31T02:48:56Z

By BRAD COOPER

The Kansas City Star

— Another day. Another tax plan defeat.

The Kansas House voted 94-18 Thursday night to kill a plan to keep the state sales tax at 6.3 cents while reducing it for groceries to 4.9 percent.

So the Legislature remains without a budget or a tax plan.

The plan considered Thursday was offered as a compromise to proposals backed by Gov. Sam Brownback and the Senate to keep the sales tax at 6.3 cents to make up for income tax cuts enacted last year and to allow for further income tax reductions.

The addition to the state’s sales tax, approved in 2010, is set to drop back to 5.7 cents on July 1.

But the plan defeated Thursday took fire because it was projected to generate about $700 million more in revenue over the next five years.

It would have slashed standard deductions for married couples filing jointly and for heads of households. It would have cut itemized deductions by half.

To reach Brad Cooper, call 785-354-1388 or send e-mail to bcooper@kcstar.com.

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