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Kansas House Panel Passes Budget Requiring Tax Increases

Stephen Koranda

A Kansas panel has endorsed a $6.4 billion-dollar budget that will not balance without tax increases.

The House Appropriations Committee approved the plan on Tuesday.

The budget would fall about $133 million dollars short if the Legislature does not increase taxes on alcohol and cigarettes as Governor Sam Brownback has recommended.

Representative Virgil Peck said that he would not support a budget that increases spending without having secured the revenues to pay for it.

Chairman Ron Ryckman said approving the plan would help clarify how much additional revenue the state will need through new taxes.

The Senate approved the largest portion of the state budget by passing the governor's school funding overhaul Monday.

Brownback is expected to sign the plan later this week.