TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick and Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley aren't impressed with talk from Senate Republicans that a deal on taxes is getting closer.
Several top GOP senators said Thursday the two chambers are close to agreeing on cutting income taxes and canceling all or part of a scheduled sales tax decrease.
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and GOP senators want to keep the sale tax at its current 6.3 percent. The House has approved a plan to let it drop to 5.7 percent in July as planned, although House Republicans offered a compromise Wednesday to set it at 6 percent.
But Merrick noted that GOP senators haven't made a counter-proposal, and Hensley said he thinks Republicans remain far apart.
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