Kansas House Panel OKs Tax Plan To Rival GOP Gov's

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

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A Kansas House committee has approved a plan from its Republican chairman to cut sales and income taxes.

The proposal approved Tuesday by the Taxation Committee rejects key elements of GOP Gov. Sam Brownback's plan for following up on individual income tax cuts enacted last year.

The proposal from Chairman and St. Marys Republican Richard Carlson allows the state sales tax to fall to 5.7 percent in July, as scheduled by state law.

Brownback wants to keep the sales tax at its current 6.3 percent rate to stabilize the budget while pursuing further income tax cuts.

The governor wants to phase in fresh cuts in income tax rates over four years. Carlson's plan is less aggressive.

The committee's voice vote sends the measure to the entire House for debate.

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