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election 2017

Governor Still Touts Tax Cuts as He Prepares to Leave

Associated Press - July 27, 2017 9:38 pm

Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer's legislative voting record gives insight into the course of policy action he's certain to sustain if he wins the governor's race.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback says he wishes Kansas had preserved part of an income tax break he championed as a boon for small businesses.

Brownback cited the death of the exemption for more than 330,000 farmers and business owners as one of his regrets during his 6½ years as governor. He reflected on his tenure during a Statehouse news conference following his nomination by President Donald Trump to serve as U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.

His departure would elevate Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, a fellow GOP conservative, to governor. Brownback said he doesn’t know whether he’ll wait until his ambassador’s appointment is confirmed by the U.S. Senate before resigning as governor.