The first tax bill of the 2012 session has been advanced by the House to the Kansas Senate, where prospects are less than certain.
House members voted 68-56 Wednesday to approve the measure that would reduce income tax rates and eliminate the sales tax charged on food. Passage of the bill would mark the second time in two years that the House has voted to cut income taxes.
The plan would also phase out earnings taxes for thousands of partnerships, sole proprietorships and other small businesses.
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has pushed cutting tax rates as a top goal of the 2012 session as he seeks to revive the Kansas economy. His separate tax proposal is being debated in a Senate committee today.
Critics of the House bill say it will leave Kansas government with limited resources in future years.