Politics & Government

Kansas Realtor group rallies at Statehouse on taxes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas real estate agents have converged at the Statehouse to lobby lawmakers to preserve two popular income tax breaks for homeowners.

The Kansas Association of Realtors had a rally Wednesday on tax issues before sending its members to meet with legislators. At least 200 real estate agents participated.

The association is trying to save two state income tax deductions targeted for elimination by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. One is for the property taxes Kansans pay on their homes and the other is for the interest on their home mortgages.

Brownback wants to scrap the deductions as part of his plan to position Kansas to phase out personal income taxes while stabilizing its budget. A Senate committee has endorsed most of Brownback’s plan, including an end to the mortgage interest deduction.