Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, said that lawmakers had known since 2012 that the state’s massive income tax cuts would have to be fixed, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. Speaking Tuesday at the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas, Wagle said that Gov. Sam Brownback “chose to sign a bill that really slashed income taxes, but was not funded,” adding that “we knew that we’d have to come back and fix it.” However, that was not mentioned during Brownback’s re-election campaign, when he insisted that the sun was shining in Kansas and that any budget problems could be solved through growth. Wagle also said that the sizable number of freshmen GOP House members contributed to the record-long session. “There’s no more difficult of an issue for a legislator to work on than taxes,” she said. – Phillip Brownlee
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