Lawmakers need to heed Gov. Sam Brownback’s caution about cutting taxes: Don’t cause budget problems. The plans that both chambers passed, and the deal negotiators reached last week, could wipe out the state’s ending balance and possibly lead to more cuts to schools and social services. Retired Wichita State University economics professor William Terrell also is challenging the wisdom of cutting income taxes, which are about half of the state’s revenue. He studied the nine states with no personal income tax and determined that they either have other large revenue sources not available to Kansas (such as Wyoming’s vast coal supply) or have tax systems that are extremely regressive.
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