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How will state fund its budget without income tax?

  • WE Blog
  • Published Sunday, March 24, 2013, at 6:25 a.m.
  • Updated Sunday, March 24, 2013, at 6:29 a.m.

Count former state budget director Duane Goossen among those wondering how Kansas will fund a state budget without a state income tax, which currently represents 46.5 percent of state general fund revenue. None of the options Goossen offered sounded possible, let alone politically viable, including more than doubling the sales tax or newly applying it to professional services, pharmaceuticals, farm machinery and more, or implementing a 100-mill statewide property-tax levy. "A decision to not replace the income-tax revenue would dramatically lower education and human service budgets," Goossen wrote on his blog for the Kansas Health Institute. "The governor and other supporters of a zero income tax have not identified how income-tax receipts might be replaced other than to suggest that economic growth will somehow take care of it."

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