“We can’t get Republicans to stop coddling the superrich, but they don’t worry one bit about hurting everyday Kansans,” said Joan Wagnon, chairwoman of the Kansas Democratic Party. She wants the Kansas GOP delegation to support the extension of a reduced payroll tax rate, which is set to expire on Jan. 1. The lower rate saves a worker who makes $50,000 annually about $1,000 in taxes. “If our delegation has been so strong on no tax increases, this is one they want to stand on,” Wagnon said. But Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, shot back that “Democrats need to come on board and make permanent changes to create a flatter and fairer tax code.”
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