Governor, Top Democrat Spar Over Taxes
Associated Press - April 21, 2016 6:10 am
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback says it would not be useful for Kansas legislators to debate raising taxes in looking for ways to balance the budget.
But Kansas Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka said Wednesday that the governor is in “denial” about the failure of his tax policies. The GOP-dominated Legislature slashed personal income taxes in 2012 and 2013 at Brownback’s urging to stimulate the economy.
But a growing number of Republican lawmakers want to reverse a key policy that exempted 330,000 farmers and business owners from personal income taxes. Hensley also supports the move.
Brownback Budget Director Shawn Sullivan said the policy has helped the economy.
But the state has struggled to balance its budget since and a new fiscal forecast Wednesday reduced projected revenues through June 2017.