TOPEKA — Gov. Sam Brownback plans to add detail to all the hype about his income tax reduction plan during his State of the State Address at 6:30 tonight.
The speech will be broadcast live on Kansas Public Radio, KTPS and online. Readers can also check Kansas.com or follow @KansasDotCom on Twitter for updates. Brownback’s speech will be followed by a response from House Minority Leader Paul Davis.
Brownback has already unveiled the outlines of several major initiatives that he will likely discuss in his speech. That includes an overhaul of the K-12 school finance formula, Medicaid reform, a 401(k)-style pension plan for new state employees and teachers and water policies that seek to increase conservation.
The governor’s tax plan, however, has drawn the most attention and criticism, even though his administration has refused to release details of the plan or a list of the people who influenced its creation. Many expect the proposal to eliminate some income tax credits and slowly dial down the individual income tax rate paid by people and small businesses. Democrats and some moderate Republicans have already voiced concerns about cutting one of the state’s primary revenue streams, warning that decreases to income tax could lead to more pressure to increase property and sales taxes.
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Last year, a bill that would have gradually phased out income taxes passed in the House but failed to emerge from a Senate committee.