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The Monday Poll: What do you think of Sam Brownback’s budget plan in Kansas?

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback waved to legislators after delivering the 2015 State of the State address Thursday night in Topeka.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback waved to legislators after delivering the 2015 State of the State address Thursday night in Topeka. The Kansas City Star

While repeating his vow to make Kansas a zero income tax state, Gov. Sam Brownback slowed the march toward that goal in his proposed budget unveiled last week.

In an attempt to close a $700 million budget gap, Brownback proposed speeding up the schedule for eliminating some income tax deductions. And he drastically hiked taxes on cigarettes and alcoholic drinks. If approved, Kansas’ new “sin taxes” would make those products much more expensive than in Missouri.

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