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Kan. revenue secretary makes pitch to House GOP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan is trying to lessen resistance among House Republicans to raising new revenues by adjusting the state sales tax.

Jordan told GOP House members during a Friday meeting that they shouldn't view sales tax proposals as tax increases.

He noted Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to keep the sales tax at its current 6.3 percent rate is part of a larger plan that includes future income tax cuts. Also, legislation this year follows massive income tax cuts enacted last year.

The sales tax is set by law to decrease to 5.7 percent. Some GOP conservatives see canceling part or all of the decrease as raising taxes.

But Jordan said the goal is to allow Kansas to phase out personal income taxes to stimulate economic growth.