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Kansas Lawmakers Revive Tax Proposal and Schedule Debate

The Kansas Senate chamber. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

Kansas lawmakers are reviving a tax plan that faltered last week, and Senators plan to debate the bill Wednesday. The proposal would reinstate a third income tax bracket and raise income tax rates. It would also reinstate income taxes on more than 300,000 business owners.

Republican Senator Caryn Tyson says the debate will help determine where lawmakers stand. 

“It’s one thing to say where you are on a position. It’s another thing to cast a vote,” says Tyson.

The plan would raise more than $1 billion over two years. The bill is almost identical to one House members were set to consider last week, but that debate was canceled after support fizzled.

Some lawmakers say they need to finish a school funding bill before considering tax increases to help fill a budget hole.

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