Analysis: Kan. GOP pushed tax plan as old business

Kansas state Rep. Larry Hibbard, a Toronto Republican, confers with Landon Fulmer, center, GOP Gov. Sam Brownback's chief of staff, and Caleb Stegall, right, the governor's chief counsel, during the House's debate on tax legislation supported by Brownback, late Saturday, June 1, 2013, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Hibbard does not support the plan. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

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.

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