The Kansas Senate Assessment and Taxation committee endorsed most of Gov. Sam Brownback's tax plan Tuesday. The committee spent fewer than 10 minutes discussing the governor's proposals before approving the bill. The legislation could move to the full senate for debate next week.
Gov. Brownback wants to phase out personal income taxes in Kansas over the next four years. The committee kept the governor's call to balance the tax cuts by making a temporary sales tax hike permanent. However, they cut his proposal to eliminate an income tax deduction for property taxes on homes.
A Senate Committee has delayed work on Gov. Sam Brownback's tax proposal. A printing mix-up meant the scheduled debate was left off the official Senate calendar for Tuesday, and the committee's chairman says he didn't want to work on the tax plan without letting the public know about it.
The committee was scheduled to debate the bill and offer amendments, also called "working" the bill.
Senate Tax Committee chairman Les Donovan says they’ll benefit from the extra time to prepare.
Democrats in the Kansas House say legislators have been warned that Governor Sam Brownback's tax cuts are likely to mean there's less cash to go around.
"Legislative services who are the people we rely on, have always relied on for years, told you there would be a problem, tax experts in the state told you we would have a deficit before the session even started, that makes sense," says Democratic Representative Barbara Ballard of Lawrence.
Sperm donor says case to require him to pay child support is politically motivated; Brownback says lawmakers will likely take on taxes; The Kansas Chamber of Commerce wants to loosen the state's liquor laws.
Sperm Donor Says Case Is Politically Motivated
A sperm donor says that the state's effort to make him pay child support for a baby conceived through artificial insemination is politically motivated.
The state Revenue Department says Kansas collected $2.6 million more in taxes than expected in November.
The agency said Friday that the state collected about $441 million in taxes this month, when a fiscal forecast predicted it would take in less than $439 million.
The difference is less than 1 percent, but Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan said the numbers contain solid signs that the state's economy is improving. The report was the first since officials issued a new fiscal forecast earlier this month.