Last year Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, with the help of conservatives, pushed through massive income tax reductions. This year he plans to make even more cuts and has stated his goal of eliminating the income tax entirely in the state.
The governor points to other states that have eliminated income tax and says Kansas will grow economically if income taxes are eliminated. Opponents say there is no guarantee the economy will grow, and they say this plan benefits the rich at the expense of the poor.
Eliminating income tax will cause a big shortfall in state revenues. To make up for the shortfall the Governor has a three-prong approach to balance the budget.
His plan involves keeping in place a sales tax that was set to expire, eliminating a tax deduction for interest on mortgages and ending the exemption for income taxes paid.
The plan has drawn some fire, but the Governor does have a super majority in both the House and Senate, so he should be able to get most of what he wants. State legislators plan to begin debating the items in earnest in the coming week.
Republicans have reservations about part of the plan, and Democrats say they will have some alternative plans. The governor has said he is willing to discuss ways the state can make up the shortfall. A part of that would be to make more cuts.
Here is a look at the three ways the Governor hopes to make up for money lost by cutting income taxes.