- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas House’s top tax negotiator says he wants his chamber to vote on a revenue-raising proposal close to one from Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

But GOP Rep. Marvin Kleeb of Overland Park said Wednesday that he’ll probably propose a lower increase in the state’s sales tax than the governor.

Brownback last week proposed increasing the sales tax to 6.65 percent from 6.15 percent and raising the state’s cigarette tax by 50 cents a pack to $1.29. He’s also proposing to increase business taxes by $24 million during the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Legislative negotiators had their first, inconclusive round of talks Wednesday. Kleeb said he’ll offer a plan during their next meeting Thursday.

Lawmakers must close a projected $406 million budget shortfall for the next fiscal year.

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