Kansas House Approves Tax Cuts Despite Misgivings

By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas House has approved a sweeping
package of tax cuts, sending it to the Senate despite misgivings
that it costs too much and favors the wealthy over poor residents.

Supporters say the plan approved Wednesday is a step toward tax
relief and job creation. Critics say some provisions favor the
wealthy and businesses. Others say Kansas can't afford the plan,
estimated to cost between $375 million to $425 million.

It's the second plan approved by the House in two years to cut income taxes. Last year plan's never got a vote in the Senate. And
on Wednesday, a Senate committee endorsed a separate income tax
plan offered by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback with minor changes.

House Speaker Mike O'Neal says he's confident some form of tax relief will pass.

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