- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is encouraging Kansas business owners to expand their enterprises and create new ones.

Brownback met with entrepreneurs from around the state Tuesday at the annual Small Business Day event organized by National Federation of Independent Business. The association includes 4,000 Kansas companies.

Brownback says the state’s economy is still recovering from downturns in small aircraft manufacturing but is on a strong footing for growth.

The governor has been lauded by some pro-business groups for urging the Legislature to drastically lower state income taxes and eliminate the small-business tax in 2012 and 2013.

However, the current legislative session has been dominated by work to fill a budget shortfall of $344 million in the current fiscal year, which arose after the state’s massive tax cuts.

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