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Analysts Call Kansas Tax Plan Worst In Nation

In a recent article in Governing Magazine, two tax analysts were asked which state had passed the worst tax policy in the last year, and both said Kansas.

One of the analysts was from the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the other was from the right-leaning Tax Foundation.

Gov. Sam Brownback's administration doesn't agree with the assessment.

The two analysts criticized the tax plan passed during the last legislative session for not being balanced and creating a projected budget hole.

Joe Henchman, from the Tax Foundation, says eliminating certain business taxes, which the bill did, could lead to gaming the system.

But it wasn’t all bad.

Henchman said the governor’s original proposal was a good one, and the bill that passed may encourage some small business growth.

Sherriene Jones-Sontag, a spokesperson for Gov. Brownback, says the goal is creating an environment for job growth. In a statement she said the tax cut has already helped attract business, like sportswear company GTM, which says it will add 600 jobs in Manhattan.

Jones-Sontag says other states in the region are looking to move in the same direction as Kansas.