TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback’s Republican allies in the Kansas Legislature overcame resistance to raising new revenues by describing their proposals as old business left on lawmakers’ agenda from last year.
Legislators approved a bill canceling most of a sales tax decrease scheduled for July and adjusting income tax laws. The state treasury would gain a net $777 million in revenues over the five years.
The revenue-raisers are tied to further reductions in personal income tax rates. The governor had trouble getting a plan through the Legislature because anti-tax, conservative Republicans saw such proposals as tax increases.
Brownback and his allies spent much of their time answering the allegations. They described this year’s as parts of a package lawmakers should have passed last year in approving massive personal income tax cuts.