Kansas lawmakers make little headway Thursday in addressing revenue shortfall

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas legislators are sifting through proposals to increase taxes but aren't yet raising enough revenue to close a budget shortfall.

The House and Senate tax committees considered various measures Thursday. Legislative researchers have said lawmakers must close a $422 million budget shortfall for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

The shortfall arose after lawmakers cut personal income taxes in 2012 and 2013 to boost the economy.

The Senate committee previously endorsed proposals to raise about $50 million. The panel Thursday approved Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to waive penalties for people with unpaid taxes to pick up another $30 million.

But senators didn't agree on any other proposals.

The House committee had a hearing on a bill to backtrack on a tax break for business owners enacted in 2012.

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