A bill increasing Kansas’ sales tax has been signed into law by Gov. Mark Parkinson.



 A bill increasing Kansas’ sales tax has been signed into law by Gov. Mark Parkinson.
Parkinson’s action Thursday had been expected. He’d pushed for a tax increase to prevent additional cuts in aid to public schools, social services and other government programs.
The measure boosts the state’s 5.3 percent sales tax to 6.3 percent on July 1. It’s expected to raise $314 million for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.
Under the new law, the tax will remain at 6.3 percent through June 2013, then drop to 5.7 percent.
Parkinson said in a statement that after solving its budget problems, Kansas is now poised for an economic recovery.