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Kansas Democrats to Outline Plans for Helping Middle Class

Sunlight hits the shiny, new copper dome on top of the Kansas Statehouse. (Photo by J. Schafer)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Democrats in the Kansas Legislature are preparing to outline proposals to help middle-class families.  Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka and House Minority Leader Tom Burroughs of Kansas City are planning a late-morning news conference today (TUE) at the Statehouse with other Democratic lawmakers.  They were not specific about the proposals ahead of the event.  Hensley and Burroughs have been strong critics of aggressive personal income tax cuts enacted by the Republican-dominated Legislature in 2012 and 2013 at Governor Sam Brownback's urging.  Brownback argues that the cuts will stimulate the economy. The state is facing a shortfall of nearly $600 million in its budget for the fiscal year beginning in July.  Republicans hold large majorities of 32-8 in the Senate and 97-28 in the House.


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