Kansas Governor: Keep Higher Sales Tax Rate
- Jan 14, 2012 | Will Frei
In his Kansas State of the State Address, on January 11, Gov. Sam Brownback (R) proposed to maintain the state's 6.3 percent sales tax rate in order to help fund his plan to boost Kansas' economic development.
"I’m proposing a major step in overhauling our state tax code to make it fairer, flatter, and simpler," stated Brownback. This includes reducing rates on individual income tax and eliminating "individual state income tax on almost all small business income." The proposal would also eliminate or alter several existing tax credits and deductions.
Brownbeck asserted that Kansas was "a state in transition . . . from a high-tax state to a low-tax state." However, part of the funding for his plan would come from maintaining the state's sales tax rate at 6.3%, though it was scheduled to fall to 5.7 percent on July 1, 2013.