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Lots Of Tax Ideas, Little Consensus

Associated Press - April 26, 2015 9:01 am

Kansas is expected to increase taxes to close a budget shortfall, but Republicans who control the Legislature don’t yet agree on the outlines of a plan.

Republican Governor Sam Brownback wants to protect major income tax cuts he pushed legislators to enact in 2012 and 2013 to help stimulate the economy.

He’s proposing to slow down future income tax cuts and is pushing to increase tobacco and alcohol taxes. He also has said he’s open to raising the state’s sales tax.

But at least a few GOP legislators contend the state must rethink a personal income tax break for business owners — sparking a radio ad campaign by a group representing small businesses to counter such an effort.

Lawmakers also could consider raising the state’s gasoline tax.

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