GOP big obstacle for Kan. gov. on taxes

TOPEKA, Kan. - Democrats have been the Kansas Legislature's harshest critics of Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's ongoing push to eliminate the state's personal income tax.

But a bigger obstacle to his ambitions comes from GOP lawmakers, even though they support his goal.

Brownback wants to follow up on big individual income tax cuts enacted last year by phasing in a second round of rate reductions during the next four years. But to help stabilize the budget, he also wants to cancel a sales tax decrease scheduled for July.

Many legislators in both parties don't want to break their promise to cut the sales tax this summer, and the powerful Kansas Chamber of Commerce also is against it.

The idea did pass the Senate, but the picture is muddier in the House.

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