- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Senate has approved a proposal to decrease the state’s sales tax on food to 5.7 percent from 6.15 percent.

The vote Tuesday was 24-11 to add a proposal from Democratic Sen. Marci Francisco of Lawrence to a bill creating an amnesty program for delinquent taxpayers.

After Francisco’s amendment, Republican leaders in the GOP-dominated chamber delayed a vote on the entire bill until Wednesday.

Republican leaders hoped the Senate would pass a stripped-down version of a measure it has been debating since Sunday. Senators could then begin negotiations with the House on tax issues.

Lawmakers must close a projected $406 million budget shortfall for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Republicans are deeply divided.

Senators initially narrowed the bill to the amnesty program and a few other provisions.

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