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Taxpayers Call Themselves Businesses as Kansas Tax Plan Founders

  • Deficits raise questions about Brownback's tax elimination
  • Repeal of small-business break called unlikely before election
Sam Brownback, governor of Kansas, speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 28, 2012.

Sam Brownback, governor of Kansas, speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 28, 2012.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Investment adviser Brad Stratton didn’t pay Kansas any income taxes last year. He doesn’t feel good about that.

Stratton, who runs Overland Park Wealth Management LLC in Overland Park, is among hundreds of thousands of taxpayers who’ve been exempt from the state levy since 2012 because they’re considered small businesses. As a group, they’re contributing to a budget crisis Kansas can’t seem to escape.