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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback laid down a legislative marker at the beginning of year, promising to cut and eventually eliminate the state’s personal income tax. Since then, state lawmakers have debated a number of approaches to changing the state’s tax laws that have been, to varying degrees, in line with the Governor’s own deeply flawed plan. The House and Senate each recently passed their own tax plans, and a conference committee began meeting this week in effort to reconcile them into legislation the Governor would sign.
The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) has analyzed both plans and finds that both would give gradually larger tax cuts, as a percentage of income, to Kansans higher up the income ladder while actually raising taxes on filers further down.
Each also creates a massive gap in the state’s revenues. The full analysis is here.