Kansas Passes Tax Hike To Close Gaping Budget Gap

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After a long, contentious night, lawmakers in the Kansas House passed two spending bills that raise taxes to close a budget shortfall. The bills aren't guaranteed to be enacted, even though Governor Sam Brownback has pleaded with conservatives to pass them, because the state Senate still hasn't approved the plan.

Republicans in the state have been struggling with the legislation, because even though it balances the budget, it raises the state's sales tax. Stephanie Clayton, who represents Kansas' 19th district, discusses the measure with Here & Now's Lisa Mullins.


  • Stephanie Clayton, Republican member of the Kansas House from Overland Park, Kansas. She represents the 19th district. She tweets @SSCJoCoKs.

This segment aired on June 12, 2015.


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