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Wednesday, August 1, 2007


Kansas lawmakers are considering retaliation against Missouri for a bill Gov. Matt Blunt recently signed into law that increases taxes on people who work in Missouri but live in other states.

Previously, non-Missouri residents could deduct from their Missouri income taxes property taxes paid in other states. HB 444 eliminated the deduction. Some Kansas lawmakers suggest eliminating a similar deduction enjoyed by Missourians who work in Kansas.

HB 444 also cut state taxes on Social Security benefits for some Missourians. When asked about the tax increase on non-Missourians, Blunt said his duty as governor was to lower taxes for Missouri residents. In response to Blunt’s comment, Kansas state Rep. Kenny Wilk, R-Lansing, told The Associated Press: “That’s just an example of Governor Blunt’s youth and immaturity on full display.”

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