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Sen. Steve Yarbrough and Rep. J.D. Mesnard confer about proposed changes in state income taxes. The special panel Mesnard is chairing is recommending collapsing income tax brackets, future indexing -- and moving toward a single rate. (Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer)

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Lawmakers look to reduce number of state tax brackets

A special legislative panel voted Thursday to reduce the number of state income tax brackets from five to three, with an eye on eventually creating a single tax rate.