Kansas Governor Says Options Limited In Tax Debate

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Gov. Sam Brownback says options for Kansas legislators are limited as they struggle with his proposal to cancel a sales tax decrease to stabilize the budget and allow the state to pursue further income tax cuts.

Brownback said Thursday that he's trying to protect education funding and core state services while following up on income tax reductions enacted last year. He said he's willing to negotiate, but pursuing both goals restricts lawmakers' choices.

The governor made his comments as the Senate prepared to take final action on a bill containing his proposal to phase in further reductions in personal income tax rates over the next four years.

The bill keeps the sales tax at 6.3 percent rather than dropping it to 5.7 percent in July as planned.