- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Senate has approved a proposal to cut the state sales tax but rejected a companion measure to repeal exemptions to the tax to raise new revenues.

Senators were debating tax proposals late Sunday night. Lawmakers must close a projected $406 million budget shortfall for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Some conservative GOP senators wanted to drop the sales tax rate to 5.95 percent from 6.15 percent but repeal numerous exemptions. Their plan would have raised $501 million during the next fiscal year.

Senators separated the proposal and on a voice vote approved the cut in the sales tax rate.

They later voted 30-9 against the rest of the plan.

The plan would have ended exemptions enjoyed by hospitals, blood banks and nonprofit groups like the Boy Scouts.

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