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Kansas House Rejects Tax Compromise By Wide Margin

Stephen Koranda
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A tax proposal failed last night in the Kansas House by a huge margin. Lawmakers still need to finish work on a budget and a tax plan that covers a shortfall in the budget. As KPR's Stephen Koranda reports, they'll keep working after the first tax plan failed on a 3-108 vote.

Some Kansas lawmakers voted against the bill, a compromise between House and Senate negotiators, because it didn’t reinstate enough business income taxes or because it canceled future personal income tax cuts.

Democratic Representative Tom Sawyer said the bill raised the sales tax too high.

“Sales taxes are regressive. They affect working families, seniors citizens a lot worse than other taxes,” Sawyer said.

Stephen Koranda is Statehouse reporter for Kansas Public Radio and the Kansas News Service, a collaboration of KCUR, KMUW, Kansas Public Radio and High Plains Radio covering health, education and politics.