Kansas Chamber To Defend Tax Cuts

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Leaders of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce say they plan to work to be sure tax cuts enacted in the past two years are not rolled back during the 2014 legislative session.

Chamber president and CEO Mike O'Neal said Tuesday the organization would defend the reduction in rates for thousands of businesses and individual income tax payers. He says some business owners believe the rates are still too high.

In recent years, the chamber has been influential in helping Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and the GOP-controlled Legislature push through cuts in the state's income tax rates. O'Neal, from Hutchinson, was Republican House speaker in 2012 when the first reductions were approved.

Critics of the cuts say they are too deep and will lead to reduced state services.

The 2014 Legislative session convenes Monday, January 13.