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Kansas House votes overwhelmingly against Senate’s tax plan

  • Eagle Topeka bureau
  • Published Friday, April 5, 2013, at 8:27 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at 2:53 p.m.

— House Democrats pushed for a vote late Friday on the Senate’s version of a tax cut plan, attempting to show the plan is dead on arrival in the House and bolster the House’s less-aggressive tax-cutting plan.

All 120 House lawmakers voted against it, keeping both House and Senate tax plans alive.

The move came from Wichita Democratic Rep. Nile Dillmore in the waning hours of a grueling day of debate on the last day of the legislative session before a month-long recess.

Dillmore told fellow lawmakers he didn’t want it to pass. Instead, he wanted to show the Senate its plan can’t pass the House.

“It’s time to tell the Senate their plan is DOA,” Dillmore said.

House and Senate negotiators have been debating the differences between their plans. The primary sticking point is whether to extend a six-tenths of a cent sales tax. House lawmakers say that's a nonstarter. The Senate says the sales tax should be extended, as endorsed by Gov. Sam Brownback, to help pay for the big income tax cuts approved last year.

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