TOPEKA – A Kansas Senate committee has advanced a plan to increase a variety of taxes to close a projected state budget shortfall.
The Assessment and Taxation Committee voted 6-4 on Tuesday to send the plan to the Senate without recommending its passage. The plan would raise $496 million during the fiscal year that begins July 1.
The Senate could debate the plan Thursday.
Legislators must close a projected budget shortfall of $406 million for the next fiscal year.
The plan would increase the sales tax to 6.5 percent from 6.15 percent but drop the rate on food to 6 percent.
It would repeal a 2012 policy that exempted the profits of more than 330,000 business owners and farmers from income taxes.
The plan also would raise tobacco and gasoline taxes.