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Tobacco, liquor aren’t the only tax increases

Brownback administration officials argue that the governor’s proposal to slow state income tax cuts is not the same as a proposal by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis (which the Brownback campaign previously called “appalling”). They are correct: The Brownback plan is worse for some taxpayers. Davis’ proposal would have frozen future income tax cuts. Brownback would both delay all but a very small tax cut next year and accelerate the elimination of some tax deductions – which would generate an additional $72.1 million in income tax revenue over the next two fiscal years. The tax increase wasn’t missed by Jeff Glendening, state director of Americans for Prosperity-Kansas: “Moving up the timeline for eliminating income tax deductions and spending the scheduled tax reductions will have a net effect of a tax increase on Kansas families and businesses.” – Phillip Brownlee