Brownback, GOP leaders promote new tax plan

Gov. Sam Brownback

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and GOP leaders in the Kansas Legislature are promoting a new tax plan as pro-growth economic policy.

Brownback had a Statehouse news conference Saturday with Senate President Susan Wagle of Wichita and House Speaker Ray Merrick of Stilwell to tout the plan. It sets the sales tax at 6.15 percent in July.

They said the legislation keeps Kansas on a path of eliminating personal income taxes.

The measure follows massive income tax reductions enacted last year with further cuts in income tax rates. But it also revises other income tax laws to raise new revenues.

The revenues would close projected shortfalls following last year’s aggressive tax cutting.

The sales tax is now 6.3 percent but set by law to drop to 5.7 percent in July.

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