Fiscal Cliff Standoff to Increase Taxes for Middle Class in Kansas

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Starting December 31, the Budget Control Act will go into effect, having a large impact on payroll tax cuts, and both parties still haven't come to an agreement on the next step.

Kansas is not left out of the impending fiscal cliff issue.

Median income families across America may have to start preparing for a two thousand dollar increase in taxes in January.

While there is still no alternative solution from Washington to dealing with those increases, Kansas political leaders are coming up with solutions for the state.

Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins said the problem is out-of-control cost.

Executive Director of the Kansas Democratic Party Jason Perkey said the circumstances that involve tax increases for more than one million families in Kansas is unacceptable.

Jenkins will visit local small businesses December 10 to gauge owners' and employees' reactions. She said the tour will help bring perspective to the debate.

"I think it's important for us to focus on exactly what that means to real Kansans and carry that message back next week when we continue the debate," she said.

The Kansas Democratic Party wants more emphasis put on those everyday Kansans.

"We're trying to take a step back and not think about this in a partisan way, but in a Kansan way," Perkey said. "People aren't going to be able to afford the things they'd normally be able to afford. This is a big issue."

GOP leaders want to extend tax cuts for all, while the President won't accept a plan that includes tax cuts for the wealthy.