Brownback Proposes Sweeping Income Tax Plan
KSCB News - January 12, 2012 5:52 am
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Governor Sam Brownback is proposing sweeping
changes in the state’s individual income tax system that would
reduce rates and help thousands of small business owners.
But the proposals Brownback outlined Wednesday in the State of
the State address also would eliminate nearly two dozen tax credits
and increase mineral severance taxes for some oil and gas
producers. It also would keep the state sales tax at 6.3 percent,
even though the tax is scheduled by law to drop to 5.7 percent in
Speaking to a joint session of the Legislature, the governor
said his proposals would make income taxes, in his words, "fairer,
flatter and simpler."
Brownback already has outlined other parts of his agenda,
including a plan to overhaul how the state finances public schools.
STATE OF THE STATE-DEMOCRATS
Kan. Democratic leader says funding schools is key
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The top Democrat in the Kansas House says
that if the state is going to cut taxes, it ought to focus on
reducing property taxes.
House Minority Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence gave his party’s
response Wednesday night to Governor Sam Brownback’s State of the
State address. The Republican governor outlined a sweeping tax plan
that focuses on cuts in individual income tax rates.
Davis said property taxes have increased 65 percent in the past
decades. Democratic legislators already have outlined a proposal to
dedicate part of the future growth in state revenues to property
Democrats also would use part of future revenue growth to boost
to aid to public schools. Davis said past cuts in education funding
should be reversed.