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May 24, 2013

Kansas still looking for sales tax deal

The Kansas Legislature will return to Topeka Tuesday to work out disputes over the state’s sales tax.

Kansas legislators were resuming negotiations on tax issues Friday after the failure of a plan from top Senate Republicans.

House and Senate negotiators’ meeting Friday came after the House voted 109-5 against a Senate GOP to lower the sales tax on groceries to 4.95 percent in January.

The plan also would have kept the sales tax on other items at 6.3 percent. The Senate approved the measure Thursday evening on a 24-15 vote.

Gov. Sam Brownback wants to cancel most or all of the decrease to stabilize the budget while Kansas cuts individual income taxes.

Both chambers adjourned until Tuesday, guaranteeing that the Legislature’s annual session will last at least 95 days, five more than the state constitution specifies. Each extra day is costing taxpayers up to $45,000.

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