A Kansas Senate committee has endorsed a plan to increase taxes $417 million to reduce an expected shortfall in the next state budget.

A Kansas Senate committee has endorsed a plan to increase taxes $417 million to reduce an expected shortfall in the next state budget.


Friday's action by the Ways and Means Committee clears the way for expected Senate debate next week on the tax proposals and the budget.


The committee wants to raise the state's 5.3 percent sales tax to 6.3 percent and increase the cigarette tax by 55 cents a pack to a total $1.34. The plan would also eliminate an existing income tax break for manufacturers.


The new revenues would cover the gap between expected state revenue and the $13.6 billion budget endorsed by the committee for the fiscal year that starts July 1.


The committee sought to avoid cutting education funding and social services.