- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 3, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Latest on the Kansas Legislature’s debate on raising taxes to fix the state budget (all times local):

4:20 p.m.

Kansas legislators hope to make progress later this week on a measure that would boost spending on public schools.

A House committee on school finance on Wednesday discussed a plan to phase in a $750 million increase in aid to schools over five years. Chairman and Olathe Republican Larry Campbell said he hopes the committee can vote Friday.

The state spends more than $4 billion a year on aid to its public schools. Boosting spending would provide more dollars for all-day kindergarten, special education and programs for children at-risk of failing.

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled in March that the state’s current education funding is inadequate.

But lawmakers are struggling to agree on a plan to increase income taxes to boost school spending while also closing big budget shortfalls.

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1:30 p.m.

Kansas lawmakers have cancelled debate on a $1 billion-plus tax increase Wednesday because leaders didn’t think it has enough support.

House Taxation Committee Chairman Rep. Steven Johnson says the measure that was to have been debated Wednesday afternoon didn’t have enough support to override a veto, and it might not have enough backing to pass.

The bill would roll back tax cuts for individuals and small business owners that GOP Gov. Sam Brownback has championed. Brownback vetoed a similar measure in February but declined to say Wednesday whether he would reject the new measure.

A similar $879 million plan fell flat Tuesday because some lawmakers worried that it wouldn’t raise enough money to satisfy a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that says the state must allocate more money for schools.

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12 p.m.

Kansas legislators plan to debate a $1 billion-plus income tax increase to boost funding for public schools while closing looming budget shortfalls.

The state House was considering the tax plan Wednesday afternoon.

The bill adds a third income tax bracket, raises income tax rates for all filers and repeals an income tax exemption for small business owners that GOP Gov. Sam Brownback has championed.

Brownback vetoed a similar measure in February but declined to say Wednesday whether he would reject the new measure.

A similar $879 million plan fell flat Tuesday because some lawmakers worried that it wouldn’t raise enough money to increase state funding for public schools.

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled in March that the state must allocate more money for schools but didn’t say how much.

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