State of the State: Brownback to propose ‘modest’ revenue increases; defends LLC tax exemption but avoids veto threat

Gov. Sam Brownback will propose measures to generate additional revenue, but vowed in his State of the State speech Tuesday to scour government for inefficiencies before asking for more cash.

Brownback defended a tax exemption for limited liability companies that has drawn the scorn of lawmakers, but didn’t explicitly say whether he would veto legislation to repeal it. He appeared to suggest spending reductions are on the way, though his office has previously promised no “major” cuts.

The second-term governor also called for the creation of a grading system for schools to allow parents to measure the performance of their child’s school against others. The Legislature must craft a school finance formula this year, and Brownback emphasized the plan needs to be based on outcomes.

Read more: Topeka Capital-Journal.