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Kansas Lawmakers Declare End to Tax Cut Debate

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Leaders of the Kansas Legislature say its debate on cutting income taxes is over. That means the state will enact an aggressive package of reductions that many lawmakers fear will create massive budget problems — and big spending cuts in the future. Lawmakers had been working on a less aggressive plan, but leaders of all factions said Saturday there will be no new plan. Republican Governor Sam Brownback believes the tax cuts will give Kansas among the most pro-growth economic policies in the nation. The Republican-controlled Legislature already has approved a bill cutting individual income tax rates and eliminating taxes for 191,000 businesses. Brownback had encouraged lawmakers to embrace an alternative plan phasing in the cuts over six years. But most senators balked, thinking the alternative was still too aggressive.

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