In Topeka, a proposal to address the state’s money problems by raising the sales tax and eliminating some income tax deductions cleared a Kansas House panel on Wednesday. The proposal would raise the state sales tax to 6.85 percent from 6.15 percent and eliminate all state income tax deductions except mortgage interest, charitable donations and property tax payments. It comes as lawmakers are rushing to close a projected $406 million budget deficit for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The measure would continue to reduce the state’s lowest personal income tax rate, lowering it from 2.7 to 2.55 percent, and would drop the sales tax rate on food to 5.9 percent.