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House Tax Chair Responds To Claims About Tax Plan

The chair of the Kansas House Tax Committee is responding to some Democrats' claims about the tax plan passed by the Legislature last weekend.

Lawmakers passed a bill that will cut income tax rates, but will also keep the sales tax elevated and reduce income tax deductions. The chair of the state Democratic Party said that amounts to a tax increase of more than $750 million in the coming years.

Republican Richard Carlson, the top tax negotiator in the House, disagreed.

"Democrats are claiming it’s a $770 million tax increase. I think that’s disingenuous and I think it’s misleading to the public of Kansas” Carlson said.

Carlson said that the new tax bill-- in conjunction with last year's tax cut-- yields a net tax decrease.