It’s not quite like former Vice President Dick Cheney’s secret energy task force, but the lack of openness about who is helping craft Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to reduce state income taxes is raising concerns. Kansas Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan is spearheading the effort, but the meetings have been closed. When the Lawrence Journal-World asked Jordan’s office to provide names of those involved in the effort and other details, the office provided little information. The office did say that Arthur Laffer, one of the architects of President Ronald Reagan’s supply-side economics, is being paid $75,000 to consult on the project. In response to this secretive process, Senate President Steve Morris, R-Hugoton, is forming a bipartisan group, headed by Sen. Les Donovan, R-Wichita, to study possible tax changes and seek citizen input. As Morris said: “This isn’t something that should be done behind closed doors by a bunch of bureaucrats.”
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