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Hutton expects tax debate to continue

Hutton The Wichita Eagle

Gov. Sam Brownback and Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, don’t want lawmakers to reconsider state tax policy this legislative session. But Rep. Mark Hutton, R-Wichita, thinks there will have to be a discussion about either additional spending cuts or more tax revenue. “We all know that’s the equation,” he told the Kansas Health Institute News Service. Hutton led an unsuccessful push last session to roll back the tax exemption on pass-through business income. “The issue has certainly not gone away,” he said. “There remains a large contingent of people that believe it’s not just a revenue issue; it’s an equity or fairness issue. It’s an image issue for our state.” – Phillip Brownlee