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Kansas low tax experiment fails.

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Oh dear, another example of ideologues ruining a states finances.

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas Senate passed Sunday what would be the largest tax increase in the history of the state of Kansas.

The measure passed by a 21-17 margin. Kansas Sen. Julia Lynn, who represents Johnson County, Kan., was the deciding vote on the bill.

UPDATE-June 8th : Kansas budget chief lays out possible cuts that could occur if legislators don't increase taxes

Details on the $471 million tax increase:

The sales tax increases to 6.55 percent from 6.15 percent.

The cigarette tax will go up by 50 cents each pack, bringing the total tax to $1.29.

The food tax will drop on July 1, 2016. However, it will be 6.55 percent until that time.

Most itemized deductions on state income taxes are repealed.

Reduced deductions for property taxes, charitable contributions and mortgage interest.

There's a property tax lid for cities and counties.

A new school voucher program that will provide tax credits to those who donate funds for private and religious schools.

$24 million on taxes for business owners.

The Kansas House will vote on the bill Monday.


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