Fairness Of Kansas Governor's Tax Proposals Debated

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

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A positive internal report on the effects of Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's latest income tax proposals isn't quieting criticism from some Kansas legislators.

The state Revenue Department released figures Wednesday showing Brownback's proposed cuts in individual income taxes would benefit Kansas' poorest taxpayers more than its wealthiest ones.

Brownback wants to reduce income tax rates further after cuts last year. Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan said Brownback is seeking a balanced approach.

But the analysis doesn't take into account Brownback's plan to cancel a sales tax decrease scheduled for July to bolster the budget.

And it appears to exclude roughly half of the state's poorest taxpayers because they don't pay any income taxes.

House Democratic Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence says the administration is shaping numbers for a positive report.


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