‘‘I don’t know if we've decided that yet, I think we'll have to see how their numbers work out,’’ said Republican House Ways and Means Chairman Tim Brown.
Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has proposed reworking the tax code. But he, too, wants it to be ‘‘revenue neutral,’’ so if rates are cut in one place, an exemption could be eliminated in another.
North Carolina Gov.-elect Pat McCrory, a Republican, wants to reduce income tax rates to the level of surrounding states such as South Carolina and Virginia. But the proposals under discussion would offset that lost revenue with extra sales taxes.
‘‘We’re talking about a revenue-neutral stream to government,’’ said North Carolina Sen. Bob Rucho, a Republican. ‘‘This, we believe, will put North Carolina on the cutting edge of economies in the country.’’
Oklahoma Republican Gov. Mary Fallin hopes to win passage of an income tax cut that stalled in the Legislature last year, but said financial uncertainty in Washington may affect what she is able to propose.
In Missouri, the Senate leader said any income tax cut for individuals or businesses will likely need to be offset with other revenue increases or spending cuts. He cited the potential to collect taxes on Internet sales, sell a state-created workers’ compensation firm or save money on prison costs through sentencing changes.
‘‘We are going to be addressing the paid-for aspect of the income tax, such that we don’t cut funding to public education nor do we cut higher education,’’ Dempsey said.
Associated Press writers Melinda Deslatte in Baton Rouge, La.; John Hanna in Topeka, Kan.; Tom LoBianco in Indianapolis; and Sean Murphy in Oklahoma City contributed to this report.