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Kansas House Advances Bill on Sales Tax Breaks

May 12, 2017 - 2:39 pm
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Legislature continues debate on the state's budget problems and education funding.

State legislators have advanced a proposal that would help the state a little with its budget problems by closing sales tax exemptions while promising a future reduction in the tax on groceries.

The House of Representatives gave first-round approval to the measure Friday on a voice vote. It expects to take a final vote Monday.

The measure would raise $115 million over the next two years by applying the state's 6.5% sales tax to a few services such as towing, security, pet boarding and non-residential cleaning.

Kansas faces projected budget shortfalls totaling $887 million through June 2019. The bill would lessen the need to increase other taxes.

But new revenue would be offset starting in July 2020 by a reduction in the sales tax on groceries to 6.4%.

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