Doubts grow about Kansas’ tax plan

By The Associated Press

TOPEKA, Kan. — Doubts grew among Kansas legislators Tuesday about whether they can approve tax increases necessary to balance the state budget without deep spending cuts that could lead to more-crowded classrooms and even layoffs of prison guards.

Three Senate and three House negotiators canceled a second consecutive day of public talks on tax issues. The Republican-dominated Senate approved a bill Sunday that would raise sales and cigarette taxes to help raise $423 million during the fiscal year beginning July 1, but members of the GOP-controlled House doubt it can pass their chamber.

“I hope we get something done, but I’m losing hope,” said Republican Sen. Les Donovan, of Wichita, his chamber’s lead negotiator on tax issues.

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