TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Economist Arthur Laffer is going before Kansas lawmakers to defend Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposed reforms in the state income tax code.
Laffer was known for his work during President Ronald Reagan’s administration as an advocate of supply-side economics. Brownback’s administration hired him as a consultant to help develop the plan to cut income tax rates.
He’s scheduled to speak Thursday to a joint meeting of the House and Senate tax committees.
Critics have assailed the Brownback plan as “Robin Hood in reverse” because those in the lowest tax bracket would see their taxes rise, while upper brackets, including some classes of businesses, would receive cuts.
Brownback’s administration says the changes would stimulate growth and put more money in the pockets of Kansans.