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Brownback ready to sign tax bill

Updated: 2013-06-12T19:37:24Z

By STEVE KRASKE

The Kansas City Star

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will sign a tax bill in Overland Park and Wichita on Thursday that is one of the major products of the 2013 legislative session.

Brownback is calling it a “pro-growth” tax bill while Democrats and some Republicans are calling it something very different — a tax increase.

The bill continues the push to lower income taxes through 2018. But the plan also continues much of a sales tax increase enacted three years ago totaling $195 million in higher tax revenue and relies on changes to individual tax deductions that will boost state revenues by $170 million.

Altogether, the tax boost totals $365 million with much of that money offsetting the big income tax cuts enacted a year ago.

The give-and-take over whether Brownback is cutting taxes or raising them will be intensely debated throughout the summer and fall. The goal of many Republicans is to wipe out income taxes altogether.

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