- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Conservative Republicans have blocked a Kansas House debate on a bill raising sales, cigarette and business taxes to close a state budget shortfall.

The measure on the House’s agenda Thursday would have raised $400 million during the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Republicans who control the chamber said most of the bill’s contents weren’t likely to survive a debate. But GOP leaders wanted to pass a stripped-down version to clear the way for negotiations between the House and Senate on the final version of a tax bill.

The vote on allowing debate was 72-40, but GOP leaders needed a two-thirds majority of 84 votes in the 125-member chamber to go ahead.

Conservatives said the process GOP leaders were engineering would prevent conservatives from having much influence.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More

Click to Hide