- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas legislative negotiators have agreed on a new plan for raising taxes to balance the state budget that embraces Gov. Sam Brownback’s stance on business taxes.

The measure drafted Friday night by three senators and three House members would increase the state’s sales tax to 6.55 percent from 6.15 percent.

It also would increase business taxes by Brownback’s upper limit of $24 million during the fiscal year beginning July 1. The Republican governor has said he’ll veto anything more aggressive.

Lawmakers must raise taxes by more than $400 million to prevent a budget shortfall during the next fiscal year.

The negotiators resumed talks Friday after the House voted 82-27 against a plan that would have defied Brownback’s veto threat by raising business taxes by $101 million.

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