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Kansas Senate Passes Tax Bill; Talks With House Expected

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The Kansas Senate has approved a bill creating an amnesty program for delinquent taxpayers and decreasing the state's sales tax on food.

The measure approved Wednesday on a 25-13 vote also attempts to limit local property taxes.

The bill does little to close the projected $406 million budget shortfall for the fiscal year beginning July 1. But the Senate's action sets up negotiations with the House over other tax proposals.

As approved by the Senate, the bill decreases the sales tax on food to 5.7 percent from 6.15 percent. Also, the state would waive penalties for people and businesses paying their back taxes in full this fall.

The property tax provision would require cities and counties to get voters' approval to spend increases in property tax revenues greater than inflation.