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Kansas Tax Deal On Hold

Negotiators for the Kansas House and Senate say agreement on a plan for more cuts in income taxes is unlikely until May.

The two chambers have passed different versions of tax-cutting legislation. Negotiators have been trying to work out a compromise, but they said Wednesday a deal was unlikely before lawmakers begin a month-long break after this week.

Legislators are scheduled to return to the Statehouse on May 8.

The sticking point is what to do about a 2010 sales tax increase that is set to expire July 1. The House wants to let the sales tax drop from 6.3 percent to 5.7 percent as scheduled. The Senate and Gov. Sam Brownback want to keep the higher rate, to help make up revenue that would be lost to further cuts in income taxes.