TOPEKA – Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has proposed raising tobacco and liquor taxes and slowing down future income tax cuts to help close projected budget shortfalls.
Brownback released a plan Friday to nearly triple the state’s cigarette tax, to $2.29 a pack from 79 cents a pack.
He also proposed raising the state’s tax on alcoholic beverages to 12 percent from 8 percent.
Brownback also proposed making future personal income tax cuts more gradual than promised under reductions enacted in 2012 and 2013 at his urging to stimulate the economy.
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The tax changes would raise an additional $394 million over the two years, starting in July.
The measures would help close projected shortfalls totaling more than $710 million in the current and next state budgets and balance the budget through June 2017.