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Disability News /KLKC

Governor Proposes Sweeping Income Tax Plan

Topeka, Kan. (WIBW/AP) - Kansas Gov. 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.  According to WIBW in Topeka and the Associated Press, 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 July 2013.  Speaking to a joint session of the Legislature, the governor said his proposals would make income taxes, in his words, ``fairer, flatter and simpler.''  

Governor Brownback said "(He) firmly believes these reforms set the stage for strong economic growth in Kansas and will put more money into the pockets of Kansas families and businesses."

Democrats reserved judgment on the tax plan. Representative Harold Lane of Topeka, said he wanted to see details of how this would impact other areas, especially with the Governor saying he wanted to keep a sizable ending balance.  

Senate President Steve Morris, a Republican from Hugoton, said he agreed with the need to study the tax issue, saying it's something that impacts everyone.