A slightly modified version of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s tax plan is now headed to the full state Senate. A Senate committee voted to amend the bill to preserve a deduction for the amount of property tax Kansans pay. The bill would still eliminate the state's popular deduction on mortgage interest, cut income tax rates and keep the sales tax elevated. Today’s (TUE) vote came a week after the committee was originally slated to take up the bill. Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce says the delay gave panel members more time to study the legislation.
State Senator Anthony Hensley, the chamber's top Democrat, called the bill a large tax increase, because its revenue generating components go into effect before its tax cuts. Hensley suspects there will be multiple attempts to amend the bill when it’s on the Senate floor, which could be next week.
A slightly modified version of Governor Sam Brownback's tax plan is now headed for a vote in the Kansas Senate. A committee advanced the bill yesterday (TUE). The debate was short and only one amendment was offered. The committee voted to keep a deduction for the property taxes paid by Kansans. As KPR's Stephen Koranda tells us, that was one of the tax exemptions the bill would have cut.