TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) House Speaker Mike O’Neal and fellow Republican leaders are developing their own ideas for how Kansas should revamp its tax code this legislative session.
O’Neal, a Hutchinson Republican, is scheduled to share some of those ideas Friday during his weekly gathering with reporters.
Gov. Sam Brownback is proposing to lower the individual income tax rates for most Kansas residents and for some classes of businesses. The Republican governor’s plan eliminates most itemized deductions and exemptions, including a tax credit for the working poor.
Critics say the plan hurts the poor to help upper-income earners.
But Brownback is expected to defend his plan during a Statehouse news conference, also Friday morning.
Meanwhile, a Senate tax study group continues its hearings on tax reform.