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Kansas Senate Tax Committee Chair to Unveil Tax Plans

Stephen Koranda

The chair of the Senate Tax Committee in the Kansas Legislature says he’ll offer some proposals next week that could close the budget gap. Legislators need to fill a hole of more than $400 million. But, he’s offering few details.

Republican Kansas state Senator Les Donovan had reporters thinking he was giving them a hint on the plans. He says there’s been too much focus on Kansas eliminating income taxes for many business owners. He says when the state cut personal income tax rates that did more to cause the budget gap.

“That is a lot more dollars than the business, but it’s never, ever been reported that way,” says Donovan.

So that prompted one of the reporters to ask, does that mean he’ll propose tweaking the personal income tax rates?

“Nope, not saying that. Not those rates,” says Donovan.

Donovan clarified that he’s not eliminating the option of changing personal income taxes.

The tax committees will start debating proposals next week and the final product could take bits from many different plans.

This report comes from Kansas Public Radio.

Stephen Koranda is the Statehouse Bureau Chief for Kansas Public Radio.