Kansas Lawmakers Struggling With Effects Of Tax Plan

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

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas legislators are still trying to pin down how a compromise plan for cutting income and sales taxes will affect the state budget.

Resistance to the proposal appeared to be hardening Monday among Democrats and some Republicans who already were skeptical.

But Gov. Sam Brownback told The Associated Press that he's still confident that the tax plan won't cause major budget problems.

The plan would cut individual income tax rates, exempt 191,000 businesses from income taxes and reduce the sales tax to 5.7 percent in July 2013 from its current 6.3 percent. Eventually, the tax cuts are expected to be worth $500 million a year.

The proposal was drafted by House and Senate negotiators last week. They were scheduled to reconvene Monday afternoon to review numbers.

But already groups are expressing concerns about how to make up for the decrease in revenue. Former state GOP chair Rochelle Chronister, who's part of a group of retired lawmakers calling itself Traditional Republicans for Common Sense, released a statement Monday saying Kansans need to ask where the Governor would make cuts.

"We need to be asking what cuts of this magnitude might look like for working families, retirees and Kansas children," she said.

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