Brownback's Tax Reform Bill In Final Stages

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) A tax reform plan is on its way to Governor Sam Brownback's desk that he says will change Kansas from a high tax state, to a low tax state.

"We're off to a good start and this week with the passage of the tax bill by the house, it really put the gas in the system for us to be able to move forward and i'm excited," said Governor Brownback.

He also stated the tax plan will grow the economy and jobs, but critics say it will put the state billions of dollars in debt.

"Its an absolutely reckless act that the Governor and the right wing Republican Party have championed and I hope that all Kansans will feel compelled to contact the Governor and ask that he veto this bill," said house minority leader (D) Paul Davis.

Davis also feels that the bill, if signed by Brownback, will have far reaching consequences and result in budget cuts to grade schools, universities and social services.

The plan's bullet points are to lower individual income tax rates and move tax payers from three brackets, to just two. It will also attempt to streamline the tax code by eliminating itemized deductions and some credits but no impact on deductions or credits claimed at the federal level.

Still holding up the legislation and unsolved are the state budget and redistricting.


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