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Brownback says he would sign measure before Kansas House to increase sales, tobacco taxes


TOPEKA, Kansas — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says he would sign a bill before the Kansas House that would increase sales and tobacco taxes to erase a projected budget shortfall.

Brownback told reporters Monday that he thinks the measure is a good plan and it is past time for lawmakers to finish work on tax issues. Monday was the 109th day of an annual legislative session that is now the longest in state history.

The measure would raise $423 million during the fiscal year beginning July 1. The Senate approved it Sunday, 21-17, and House passage would send it to Brownback.

The bill increases the sales tax to 6.55 percent from 6.15 percent and raises the tobacco tax by 50 cents a pack to $1.29. It also increases business taxes by $24 million.

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