Governor outlines tax policy plan

Gov. Sam Brownback on Saturday outlined a tax policy that would raise cigarette taxes by 50 cents; increase the state sales tax to 6.65 percent; eliminate some itemized deductions; eliminate income taxes for more than 300,000 low-income Kansans; and continue rate reduction on income taxes.

According to a news release from the governor’s office, his policy would promote economic growth while balancing the budget.

“The plan outlined here will leave a projected ending balance of approximately $81 million in FY 2016 and $255 million in FY 2017,” the governor stated. “One-third of the revenue generated by this plan comes from closing loopholes in the income tax. The remaining two thirds is from consumption taxes. This is the kind of balanced approach many legislators – and most Kansans – prefer.”

“To be fair, if we are going to exempt small businesses from income taxes, an equally significant effort must be made to reduce income taxes on low-income Kansans,” the governor said in his statement.

To read the entire statement from the governor, visit

T-Bones hope to turn around streak tonight

After losing six in a row, the T-Bones are playing Saturday night in Gary, Ind., against the RailCats.

The T-Bones lost the opener Friday to the RailCats, 9-2.

T-Bones starter, Casey Barnes, pitched 4 innings, and the RailCats scored five runs, on four hits and four walks.

The T-Bones scored in the seventh, when outfielder Adam Bailey hit a double that scored Alex Marquez and Ryan Cavan.

Returning home on Thursday, June 4, the T-Bones will play at 7:05 p.m. against Amarillo. For tickets, visit or call 913-328-5618.