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House Tax Plan Differs From Brownback's Proposal

The Kansas House will soon be considering a tax plan that's very different from one proposed by Governor Sam Brownback.

The plan was unveiled this week by Representative Richard Carlson, a Republican from St. Marys, who also chairs the tax committee. Brownback's approach would reduce income tax rates in the coming years, while Carlson's plan would lower the rates more gradually, and only if state tax collections increase.

“We’re only taking reductions in income tax rates as the revenue to the state increases. This makes it a sustainable tax reduction program over a number of years,” Carlson said.

Carlson's plan also would preserve a scheduled reduction in the state's sales tax later this year. Brownback's proposal would keep the sales tax elevated to help balance the budget.