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May 19, 2017TOPEKA, Kan. |  By: AP

Kansas tax "experiment" may end

Kansas legislators are considering a plan that would fully repeal past income tax cuts championed by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. House and Senate negotiators resumed talks Thursday evening on raising taxes to fix the state budget and boost spending on public schools.

The plan they're reviewing would return Kansas to the income tax laws it had in place in 2012 before tax cuts touted by Brownback began. Rates would return to previous levels and an exemption for more than 330,000 farmers and business owners would end. It would be the most aggressive plan lawmakers have considered this year and would raise $1.4 billion over two years.

Kansas faces projected budget shortfalls totaling $887 million through June 2019, and the state Supreme Court ruled in March that education funding is inadequate.