Kan. House chairman defends GOP’s latest tax bill

Kansas House Taxation Committee Chairman Richard Carlson, far left, a St. Marys Republican, outlines a new tax plan from House GOP leaders during negotiations with the Senate, Friday, May 31, 2013, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Republicans are struggling to agree on adjusting the state sales tax. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The chairman of the Kansas House committee on taxation says it’s “misleading” for Democrats to describe newly approved tax legislation as a tax increase.

Republican Richard Carlson said Wednesday that the plan approved over the weekend is part of a larger tax reform effort that began last year.

This year’s bill cancels most of a sales tax rollback scheduled for July and adjusts income tax laws to raise an additional $777 million over the next five years.

In a fundraising email, Kansas Democratic Chairwoman Joan Wagnon described the measure crafted by Republicans as “tax hikes on working Kansans.”

But this year’s tax bill followed legislation last year cutting income taxes by $4.6 billion over the next five years. Carlson said it’s “disingenuous” to suggest Kansans are paying higher taxes.

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