Sunday, February 10, 2013
Kansas legislators are entering a crucial but messy phase of debates over conservative Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's tax and budget proposals.
Brownback is promoting his package of tax initiatives as a five-year plan for committing the state to eventually phasing out personal income taxes. It follows aggressive income tax cuts last year.
But he's also proposing changes that will generate $1.1 billion in new revenues over the three years beginning in July to stabilize the budget, ahead of most of the relief he's promising.
It's not hard for Brownback's critics to argue that his proposals are in trouble, given initial resistance even among his GOP allies.
But Republican leaders are cautiously optimistic the differences can be resolved.