State Legislators Meet With Gov. Brownback On Tax Proposals

Top Republican legislators are negotiating with Gov. Sam Brownback over raising taxes as they consider proposals for a flat personal income tax.

The governor met Tuesday evening with GOP leaders including House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr. who said they didn’t settle on any tax proposals.

The meeting came after a Senate committee approved a bill for moving the state to a single personal income tax rate of 4.6 percent while raising new revenue to fix budget problems.

The House has its own bill to abandon separate tax rates for higher and lower-income earners in favor of a single 5 percent rate.

Supporters see a flat tax as fairer. Critics contend middle-class families would be hit the hardest.