Sales tax – Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback reopened the door to the possibility of keeping the state sales tax where it is and blocking a scheduled reduction in July. “I’m not opposed to it,” he said. “It’s just, let’s see where we are in the budget.” But letting the sales-tax increase go permanent is rife with hypocrisy. Votes for the temporary sales-tax increase in 2010 were used against legislators in campaigns by conservative Republicans. Brownback himself once opposed it. If the sales-tax increase stays, it will only exacerbate the effect of the income-tax program on Kansans – together being a significant shift in tax burden from business and the wealthy to the poor.