Kansas House panel taking up Brownback’s tax proposals

With the Kansas Senate’s work on tax legislation stalled, the House Taxation Committee is taking up Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to revise sales and personal income tax laws.

The House committee was hearing testimony Wednesday on the Republican governor’s proposal to cut individual income tax rates further after cuts last year.

But Brownback and lawmakers must stabilize the budget, too. The governor proposes to scrap two popular income tax deductions for homeowners and cancel a drop in the state sales tax scheduled by law for July.

The Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee has finished its hearings on Brownback’s plan, but it postponed a debate on them it had planned for this week. Members say they need more information and want to consider alternatives to the governor’s ideas.