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The chair of the Kansas House Tax Committee is responding to claims from Democrats about the tax plan passed by the Legislature last weekend. The Republican-dominated Legislature passed a bill that will cut income tax rates, but will also keep the sales tax elevated and reduce income tax deductions.

The Chair of the state Democratic Party, former revenue secretary Joan Wagnon, says legislators broke their promise to let a temporary sales tax expire, and put a bigger burden on working Kansans, amounting to a more than $750 million tax increase.

Kansas lawmakers this year spared early childhood programs from the budget axe, but advocates for those programs say children didn't fare well overall in the 2013 legislative session.

The top concern, according to April Holman of the non-profit Kansas Action for Children, is that lawmakers balanced the budget using more than $9 million that should have gone into an endowment for early childhood funding.

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Kansas lawmakers return to Topeka Tuesday to dive back into the contentious debate over budget and tax bills.

State Representatives and Senators were quoted  using words like “dumbfounded” to express  frustration that they can’t agree on either a budget or tax bill.  Lawmakers had planned to wrap up the legislative in 80-days instead of the mandated 90-days.  Instead, the session has run long like it has in most recent years.

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Jackson County officials are acknowledging that new valuations on 18,000 residential properties may not be accurate and need additional review.

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, has vetoed legislation that would eliminate a tax credit for elderly Missourians who rent their homes.

House and Senate Republicans voted to do away with the so-called "Senior Citizens Circuit Breaker" as a means of shoring up funding for the First Steps program, which aids children with developmental disabilities. 

In his veto letter, Nixon voiced disapproval of using money designated for seniors for other purposes, and stated that the bill contained no tax credit reforms. 

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A proposal to cut state income taxes in Missouri for both individuals and businesses is on its way to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.

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Republicans in the Missouri Senate have scaled back a proposal to cut state taxes in order to emulate tax cuts in neighboring Kansas and Oklahoma.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, has strongly objected to the bill's sales tax hike, saying it would hurt the poor and elderly the most.  That provision has been dropped.  

House Bill 253 would now cut the personal income tax rate by half a percentage point and the corporate rate by three points, and phase them both in over the next 10 years. 

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The Missouri House has passed a Senate bill that would overhaul the state’s income and sales taxes, but not before making a few changes.


Three years ago the Kansas legislature passed a one-cent sales tax with the intention of removing it at a later date.

Missouri Legislature's Hot-Button Issues

Apr 18, 2013

Things have been heating up in Jefferson City during this legislative session

Cash Money Crew: Tax Preparation

Apr 8, 2013

Taxes are due in one week and that may have most of your attention, but now is also the perfect opportunity to begin planning your tax preparation and behavior for next year.  Our Cash Money Crew with Alex Petrovic, of Petrovic Financial Services; Sandi Weaver, of Financial Security Advisors and Julie Welch, of Meara, Welch Browne; help you navigate the complicated and ever changing world of tax

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A bill that would exempt private health clubs and gyms from property taxes Kansas has stalled in a committee. The measure has prompted hundreds of emails to lawmakers about the issue.

The conference committee working on tax issues decided not to take up the health club measure. Supporters of the bill, including health club owners, say they face competition from tax-free organizations like the YMCA and publicly owned health clubs.

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A select group of lawmakers from the Kansas House and Senate started negotiations on tax legislation today. The conference committee will work to find a compromise between bills that passed the two chambers.

The bills have one large difference. The Senate version makes a temporary sales tax permanent to help offset the costs of income tax cuts. The House version allows the sales tax to expire as planned later this year, and introduces additional income tax reductions more slowly.

Senator Les Donovan, a Wichita Republican, says extending the sales tax is critical.

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The Kansas House and Senate have passed their versions of both budget and tax plans, but there's still plenty of work ahead. The two chambers will now try to smooth out differences between the plans.

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The Kansas House on Wednesday rejected a proposal by Democrats aimed at reducing the property taxes paid by Kansans.

The Kansas House and Senate are working on two bills that would cut income taxes, but they are very different in one aspect.

The bill that passed the Senate would make permanent a temporary sales tax that's set to expire later this year. The House plan would let the sales tax expire as planned.

Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce, a Republican from Hutchinson, says the sales tax wouldn't be a deal breaker.

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Two sets of tax credits were passed by Missouri lawmakers Wednesday and sent to Governor Jay Nixon (D).

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The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to a phased-in tax overhaul designed to help the Show-Me State compete with neighboring Kansas, which recently slashed its tax rates. 

Kansas Senate Could Cut Governor's Budget

Mar 4, 2013
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Leaders in the Kansas Senate say they'll likely pursue cuts to the budget recommended by Governor Sam Brownback.

The Missouri Senate has passed a wide-ranging tax credit bill that drastically lowers the caps on Historic Preservation and Low Income Housing programs.  It would cap Historic Preservation incentives at $50 million a year, instead of the current $140 million, and Low Income Housing incentives would be capped at $55 million a year, instead of the current $190 million. 

The bill is now in the hands of the Missouri House, where Speaker Tim Jones has indicated that he and other House leaders don’t like the drastic cuts.

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Supporters of creating a so-called “Angel Investment” tax credit in Missouri testified in favor of legislation Wednesday before a State Senate committee.

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The Missouri Senate spent several hours Tuesday night working on a wide-ranging tax credit bill, which they gave first-round approval to around 3:20 Wednesday morning.  The Senate bill would drastically cut incentives for Historic Preservation and low income housing.

Historic Preservation tax credits would be capped at $45 million  a year, instead of the current $140 million, and low income Housing incentives would be capped at $50 million a year. 

The bill is sponsored by Republican Senator Eric Schmitt of St. Louis County.

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The Missouri House has passed legislation that would revive three benevolent tax credit programs that expired last year, but there were a couple of dissenters who had a problem with incentives going to crisis pregnancy centers.

Democrats Judy Morgan of Kansas City and Stacey Newman of St. Louis County cast the only “no” votes.  Newman said the pregnancy centers in question are operated by anti-abortion groups that are spreading false information about the issue.

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A Senate Committee has delayed work on Governor Sam Brownback's tax proposal.  A printing mix-up meant the scheduled debate was left off the official Senate calendar, but the committee's chairman says he didn't want to work on the tax plan without letting the public know about it.

The committee was scheduled to debate the bill and offer amendments. In Statehouse lingo, that’s called “working” the bill. Wichita Republican Les Donovan chairs the Senate Tax Committee. He says they’ll benefit from the extra time to prepare.

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The Missouri Senate passed two sets of tax credit legislation.  So far this year, the Senate may no longer be the place where tax credits go to die.

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It appears that Missouri has lost more than $2 billion in revenue over the past nine years because it does not collect sales taxes on purchases made over the Internet. 

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A large tax overhaul takes effect in Kansas now that the New Year has begun, but it may not remain as-is for long.

Despite being rejected by voters last month, there’s a new proposal to raise Missouri’s cigarette tax.

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U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo says the fate of a wind energy tax credit could be tied to the so-called fiscal cliff negotiations.

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Missouri lawmakers in both chambers are pre-filing bills for next year’s regular session.  Much of the legislation pre-filed in the State Senate so far deals with tax credits.

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