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Kan. Realtor group's tax stance gets serious look

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- An offer from the Kansas Association of Realtors to compromise on tax issues is getting serious consideration from the Republican chairmen of the Legislature's tax committees.

Association members rallied Wednesday at the Statehouse to preserve two popular income tax deductions for homeowners.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is targeting the breaks in a broader plan aimed at positioning Kansas to phase out individual income taxes.

Realtor lobbyist Luke Bell said the association is willing to see the deductions phased out over time, if other income tax breaks are also phased out as personal income tax rates drop.

Senate Tax Committee Chairman Les Donovan of Wichita says it's an option to consider. House Chairman Richard Carlson of St. Marys was even more receptive and said the idea is viable.