Kansas Legislature Considers Bill To Repeal 2012-13 Tax Cuts

A push in Kansas to end an income tax break championed by Gov. Sam Brownback is being led by fellow Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature.

A state House committee was having a hearing Thursday on a bill which would repeal a 2012 policy that benefited more than 330,000 farmers and business owners. The measure has bipartisan support.

The state faces projected budget shortfalls totaling $1.1 billion through July 2019. It has struggled to balance its budget since legislators slashed personal income taxes in 2012 and 2013 in an effort to stimulate the economy at the urging of the governor.

Kansas is one of several states which include Indiana and Oklahoma where budget woes are severe enough that legislators are reconsidering past tax cuts.