Kansas divided on budget math

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May 5, 2012 - 12:00 AM

Gov. Sam Brownback backs reductions in the state income and sales tax. A new study by the Kansas Legislature’s Research Department estimates that his tax cuts would cause a budget shortfall of more than $700 million by July, 2018.

The administration protested mightily. No, its spokesman said, the growth caused by tax cuts would produce a surplus of $138 million by mid-2018.

Legislature Research acting director Raney Gilliland, said his department had used the same methods to calculate the consequence of the tax cuts that it had always used.

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