Kansas tax cuts at issue in debate

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October 17, 2018 - 11:18 AM

Republican Kris Kobach, left, Democrat Laura Kelly and independent Greg Orman debated in Wichita on Tuesday. KANSAS NEWS SERVICE/STEPHEN KORANDA/KCUR.ORG

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) ? A contentious Kansas governor?s race has become a referendum on how a Republican experiment in slashing income taxes went awry, what lessons arose from the budget misery that followed and whether the state needs a do-over.

Democratic nominee Laura Kelly, a veteran state senator, supported a successful effort last year to repeal most of the tax cuts and makes it a cornerstone of her campaign. She argues that Republican nominee Kris Kobach not only wants to repeat ex-GOP Gov. Sam Brownback?s fiscal experiment but to top it.

?We all know that Kansas has gone through a world of hurt,? Kelly said during a debate Tuesday in Wichita at a Kansas Association of Broadcasters convention. ?Do we hand the wheel to a man who has every intention of driving us back into the ditch??

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