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April 6, 2017TOPEKA, Kan. |  By: AP

Kansas Gov. Brownback endorses flat tax

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has endorsed a proposal to use a "flat" personal income tax to raise new revenue to fix the state's serious budget problems.
 
The conservative Republican governor said in a statement Wednesday that he would sign a bill like the one before the state Senate. It would impose a 4.6 percent rate for all filers starting next year. That is the top rate for higher-income earners, and the bill would eliminate the 2.7 percent rate now in place for lower-income filers. The bill would also eliminate an income tax exemption for 330,000-plus farmers and business owners that Brownback has championed.
 
Critics contend the bill would hit middle class families hardest. It would raise about $690 million over two years. Kansas faces budget shortfalls totaling more than $1 billion.