Revenue Secretary Supports Governor's Tax Plan, Dems Remain Unconvinced

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan says the bottom line of Governor Brownback's proposed tax plan is good for Kansans.

Jordan says reducing income tax rates will boost the state economy.

Brownback's plan also eliminates both the real estate property tax and mortgage interest deductions, and maintains a higher sales tax.

Democratic lawmakers say that creates higher taxes for middle class and lower income citizens.

But Jordan says the lower income tax rates would outweigh these eliminations.

The best economic growth strategies are lower income taxes and lower corporate income taxes in the state," said Jordan. "It creates jobs, helps people in the state prosper."

But House Minority Leader, Rep. Paul Davis (D-District 46), disagrees with Jordan's assessment.

"The concern that I have is really the tax shift that is being promoted by the governor," said Davis. "The income tax cuts he's proposing really disproportionately benefit the wealthiest of Kansans."

Davis also says he expects House Republicans might suggest alternative proposals.