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KS Gov Won't Rule Out Tax Increase to Fix Budget

Brownback by SK-smallFile photo by Stephen KorandaKansas Governor Sam Brownback is staying tight-lipped about his plans to erase a budget deficit.

After a public meeting today (MON), Brownback gave few details to the media about his proposal. He did say all options, including tax increases, are on the table.

He says his administration is talking with state agencies and analyzing the numbers.


“We’re trying to make decisions as wisely, as prudently and as quickly as possible, but you want as much information, too, as you can have,” says Brownback.

New revenue projections show the state will need to reduce spending by a billion dollars over the next year-and-a-half to balance the budget. That’s driven largely by tax cuts passed by lawmakers in recent years.

Some Republicans have hinted they’ll consider both tax increases and spending cuts to balance the budget, while others say they’ll focus exclusively on cutting spending.

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Governor Sam Brownback is staying tight-lipped about his plans to fix a hole in the state budget. But as KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, Brownback says he’s looking at all the options.


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Following a meeting at the Statehouse, Brownback gave few details to the media about what he’ll propose. He says all options are on the table, including tax increases or slowing future scheduled decreases.

Brownback also won’t say whether he’ll make budget cuts, known as allotments before lawmakers return to the Statehouse in January.

Right now, he says he’s conferring with state agencies and studying the numbers.

“We’re analyzing it and we’ll try to act as wisely and as prudently and as quickly as we can,” says Brownback.

Kansas will need to reduce spending by about a billion dollars over the next year-and-a-half.

Some Republicans have hinted they'll consider both tax increases and spending cuts, others say they'll focus just on cuts.

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