Thursday, February 7, 2013
Gov. Sam Brownback is meeting resistance to his tax plan because it promises to reduce individual income taxes in the future while raising new revenues over the next few years to plug holes in the state budget.
And the resistance is coming from Brownback's fellow Republicans.
Some GOP lawmakers worried Thursday about getting tagged as tax increasers a year after Kansas enacted massive income tax cuts to stimulate the economy.
Brownback says he's trying to position Kansas to phase out individual income taxes.
But to stabilize the budget, Brownback is pushing changes in sales and income tax laws that would net the state more than $1.1 billion in new revenues over three years starting in July. The figure comes from legislative researchers.