Kan. House Tables Tax Hike, Tackles Budget
KSCB News - May 7, 2010 12:00 am
The Kansas House has taken up a proposed $13.6 billion state budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
The proposal is backed by Democrats and moderate Republicans and spends about the same amount as a budget bill approved earlier this week by the Senate.
House members debated the budget for a few hours Thursday and resumed the debate Friday.
The proposal would require new revenue to avoid a deficit in the fiscal year that starts July 1. The Senate has approved an increase in the state sales tax to raise about $314 million, but the House tabled that bill after brief debate Friday.
The House’s 69-52 vote to table it indicated supporters of raising taxes weren’t ready, perhaps because they worried about being short of votes.