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Gov. Sam Brownback gestures towards tax reform

Gov. Sam Brownback suggested Monday that he may be gearing up for a renewed push in support of state tax reform when the Kansas legislature reconvenes in January.

He spoke in Topeka following an address by officials from Kansas City’s Federal Reserve Bank, telling finance leaders and members of legislature that Kansas needs to act in an effort to keep state tax rates comparable to those of other states in the region.

Reigning rates in, according to Brownback, would encourage more people to move to the state and would keep current residents living there.  It would be of particular interest to businesses who are already holding their coin purses close and would help Kansas stay competitive in attracting industry.

The speech sets the stage for Brownback to rally the largely Republican Kansas legislature to launch a renewed effort to dial back corporate and individual income tax rates when the next session begins in 2012.

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