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Governor Unveils New Tax Plan

Associated Press - May 30, 2015 2:54 pm

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Gov. Sam Brownback is proposing a state sales tax increase and other measures to deal with the state’s projected budget shortfall.

Brownback on Saturday proposed that legislators address an estimated $406 million deficit by increasing the state sales tax to 6.65 percent from 6.15 percent and eliminating most income tax deductions.

The plan also would exempt 388,000 low-income Kansans from income tax and increase cigarette taxes by 50 cents per pack. The plan would raise $23.7 million by imposing income tax on some previously exempted small business revenues.

All income deductions except the one for charitable donations would be eliminated, while mortgage and property deductions would be cut in half.

The plan is estimated to fill the budget gap and leave $81 million in reserves for the next fiscal year.

Larry Elmquist

May 30, 2015 at 9:14 pm

Many Kansans think and say that our Governor and his legislative supporters are dumber than a box of rocks. This is grossly unfair. I am confident that in planning and leadership, our Governor could out perform a box of rocks at least 50% of the time.

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