Mark Hutton

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When Hutton decided to build its new headquarters in the Delano District, it made a conscious decision to make it more than just a place to house its 50 or so Wichita employees.

"We thought if we're going to have a new office building, it should really be a showcase of not only our design skills, but our construction skills and all of the materials that we get to work with all over the place," said Ben Hutton, the company’s CEO.

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The once-crowded field of Republican candidates for Kansas governor is quickly narrowing.

Mark Hutton is the latest to end his campaign for the GOP nomination.

In a brief statement, he gave no specific reason for his exit but said he hoped to serve Kansas in some “small way” in the future.

A former legislator, Hutton was among the first conservative Republicans to question the wisdom of former Gov. Sam Brownback’s income tax cuts.

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Some of the Republican candidates looking to be Kansas' next governor bluntly criticized the state Supreme Court when asked about education during the first Republican gubernatorial debate

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Among Republicans vying to be Kansas’s next governor, Mark Hutton is on the conservative side. But he says he’s open to expanding KanCare, the state’s privatized Medicaid program.

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The list of Republican candidates running to become the next governor of Kansas continues to grow. Wichita businessman and former state Rep. Mark Hutton launched his campaign on Monday in Wichita.

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The parade of candidates seeking the Kansas governor’s office continues to grow: Republican former House member Mark Hutton says he’s running for the job.

Hutton founded a construction company based in Wichita that he ran for years before moving into politics.

When Hutton was in the Kansas House, he defied some fellow conservatives by arguing the state should reverse an income tax exemption for thousands of business owners. He offered a proposal last year that would have cut the food sales tax in exchange for reinstating the business income taxes.

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A Wichita attorney and businessman announced Tuesday that he is seeking Kansas’ 4th Congressional district seat if a special election is called.

George Bruce made his campaign announcement flanked by family members and his campaign advisor, Republican former legislator Mark Hutton.

Jim McClean

The legislator leading a faction of Kansas House members pushing to reinstate taxes on business owners exempted by the 2012 tax cut law has given up the battle--for now, at least.

Rep. Mark Hutton, a conservative Republican businessman from Wichita, said Wednesday that a veto threat from Gov. Sam Brownback and other factors meant that continuing the fight would make it more likely that lawmakers would go home without balancing the budget, forcing Brownback to make across-the-board spending cuts to erase a projected deficit of roughly $400 million.

Kansas Legislature

Before the start of this year’s legislative session, few would have predicted that Wichita Republican Mark Hutton would spearhead an effort to roll back some of the income tax cuts championed by Gov. Sam Brownback. Hutton, after all, is a conservative businessman whose campaign website boasts of his efforts to lower taxes. But as Jim McLean reports from the Statehouse, Hutton is taking the governor on because he doesn’t believe the tax cuts are fair.

Kansas Legislature

Governor Sam Brownback’s administration says the governor will veto any tax bills that include a roll-back of business income tax cuts. Brownback’s secretary of revenue made that announcement over the weekend. But Republican Representative Mark Hutton, from Wichita, says he’ll keep pushing for a change in business income tax rules.