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New Tax Plan Has Many Policy Changes

Associated Press - June 14, 2015 7:18 am

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A plan approved by Kansas legislators for balancing the state budget would increase sales and cigarette taxes but also make numerous other policy changes.

Lawmakers passed two bills that together would raise $384 million during the fiscal year beginning July 1st.

A deficit would be averted. But Republicans who drafted the plan acknowledged that GOP Governor Sam Brownback still might have to cut up to $50 million in spending to ensure that the state has a small cushion of cash reserves going into July 2016.

The sales tax would increase from 6.5 percent from 6.15 percent.

The cigarette tax would jump by 50 cents a pack to $1.29. Starting in July 2016, the state would impose its first tax on electronic cigarettes.

Other provisions deal with local property taxes.

 

Jeff Fellows

June 14, 2015 at 10:11 am

The little guy gets screwed again.

Keith Davis

June 15, 2015 at 2:52 am

Not only the little guy Jeff. The middle and little guys take a hard hit. I agree that the little guy gets hit hardest though. Only the very wealthy can survive in Kansas now. Thank you Sam Brownback and State Legislators.

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