Kansas House Has Dust-Up Over Governor's Tax Plan

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

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A Kansas House debate over highly technical tax legislation has given Democrats a chance to take a poke at Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

The measure discussed Friday fixes flaws in a law enacted last year to cut income taxes. The House gave it first-round approval, with a final vote expected Monday.

Brownback wants to follow up on last year's tax cuts by reducing individual income taxes again. But he's also proposing to stabilize the budget by eliminating two income tax deductions for homeowners and canceling a scheduled decrease in the sales tax.

Wichita Democrat Nile Dillmore offered Brownback's plan as an amendment to the bill fixing last year's measure. The House voted 118-0 against it.

Republicans say the action was meaningless because the House Taxation Committee is reviewing Brownback's plan.

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