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Gov. Brownback Says He's Not Drawing Clear Lines On Taxes

Governor Sam Brownback says he will not draw clear lines on what he'll accept from the Kansas Legislature, which is considering rolling back one of his major economic initiatives.

Lawmakers are working to close a projected budget deficit of $406 million dollars for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1st.

The House Taxation Committee was working on a plan to raise the state's sales tax to 6.5 percent from 6.15 percent.

A bill up for debate today in the Senate would repeal the 2012 income tax exemption for more than 330,000 business owners and farmers....and replace it with a less lucrative tax credit against their payrolls. It also would increase the state's sales, cigarette and motor fuels taxes.

Governor Brownback championed his 2012 policy as an economic stimulus.

The state Department of Revenue estimates that the exemption is worth about $220 million a year, or about 22 percent of the total income tax cuts for the next fiscal year.

The Kansas Chamber of Commerce and National Federation of Independent Business are lobbying to preserve the tax break.