Kansas Lawmakers Reverse Governor's Massive Tax Cuts

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback speaks to reporters during a news conference at the Statehouse in Topeka Kan. Brownback promised early Tuesday June 6 to veto an income tax increase approved by the GOP-control

Kansas Lawmakers Reverse Governor's Massive Tax Cuts

Kansas's legislature is overwhelmingly Republican, but moderate GOP lawmakers joined with Democrats, overriding Brownback's veto of a bill they'd already passed once that would raise taxes again by $1.2 billion over two years.

Brownback's approval ratings plummeted so far that he became the least popular of the nation's 50 governors, a status Brownback only recently relinquished to Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

The Kansas Legislature passed the bill on June 1st.

Gone, too, will be an exemption for more than 330,000 farmers and business owners.

Income tax rates will rise, with a new top rate of 5.7 percent instead of the current 4.6 percent.

"It was time", Ward said.

Because the governor didn't take questions, we were not able to ask questions regarding the school funding bill or the hide carry bill, but his staff confirmed he has received both pieces of legislation.

SAM BROWNBACK: So you really get your acceleration. "It's about Kansas. It's about the future of this state". The Republican governor issued a veto message declaring Senate Bill 30 the largest tax increase in state history, clearly damaging to businesses' job growth and destructive to the well-being of families.

Ten of the dozen members of the Shawnee County delegation voted to override the governor.

It also increases state income taxes for Kansans. After a few failed attempts, lawmakers had the two-thirds majority of votes to override Brownback's veto. Only Rep. Ken Corbet, R-Topeka, and Rep. Ron Highland, R-Wamego, opposed the effort to reverse Brownback's veto.

The Senate's action sends the bill to the House for a vote.

-Nick Johnson, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities " I've long argued there's just no evidence to support the claims made by the trickle-downers", wrote Jared Bernstein, a senior fellow at CBPP, in an op-ed for the Washington Post. The legislation aims to fix the state budget and provide additional funds for public schools.

Conservative Republicans in the Legislature who sought a resolution relying primarily on spending reductions to fill a projected two-year deficit of almost $900 million delivered rousing speeches but never gained much traction. "I think its raising taxes we don't need right now". "It is pretty tenuous, but I think there has been this realization that is the only way we can move Kansas forward".

State Senator Barbara Bollier, a moderate Republican, said if moderates in other states put in the same grassroots work that those in Kansas did, they can see similar success. It gets rid of the so-called "glide path to zero" strategy that would phase out state income taxes over time.

So, what does the new tax plan mean for you?

"Kansas, much like many other states, had a nationalized election against Obamacare, against Obama", Loomis said.

Our state has begun the path to fiscal stability and is closer to becoming a model of good policy choices as much as it is a cautionary tale. The governors, however, warned that lawmakers supportive of tax hikes necessary to balance the budget faced potential backlash from Kansas voters and appealed for political contributions.

Ed O'Malley, a Republican who is weighing a run for governor, posted on Twitter on Wednesday morning about "big things for Kansas" but did not refer to the override vote or policy implications directly.

"They gave me more money in my pocket at home".

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