Candidate Kobach pledges to cut taxes, veto tax increases

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In this Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 photo, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach answers questions about his run for the Republican nomination for governor during an interview at the Johnson County Republican Party’s headquarters in Overland Park, Kan. Kobach is the leading Kansas for governor because of his solid base on the right and his national visibility. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA — Kansas Secretary of State and candidate for governor Kris Kobach has pledged to roll back recent tax increases and to veto any future tax hikes if he becomes governor.

Kobach said at a Tuesday news conference that current tax rates are slowing job growth and hurting workers.

In 2017, the Kansas Legislature increased income taxes in part to help fund schools. Kobach promised to roll back those increases.

Kobach also criticized the new school finance bill Gov. Jeff Colyer signed Tuesday morning in response to a state Supreme Court ruling that schools are not adequately funded. Kobach said the $534 million price tag is too high. The lawyer for school districts that sued say it is not enough money and is phased in over too long a period.

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