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Published: Mon, June 12, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Brownback reacts to veto override

Brownback reacts to veto override

By Tuesday night, Brownback's latest veto on a tax increase was doomed: The state House had four extra votes beyond the two-thirds needed to override; the Senate had exactly the two-thirds needed.

The 2012 cuts virtually eliminated income taxes on some businesses.

"Respect to me does not mean blind agreement", Republican Senate Vice President Jeff Longbine added to explain his break with Brownback.

"This wasn't an easy vote", said Rep. Troy Waymaster, a Bunker Hill Republican and chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

The veto override effort sailed through the House, but failed in the Senate by only three votes. Local Senator Carolyn McGinn voted in favor of the tax plan.

Immediately after the House adjourned Ryckman rushed to his office and didn't answer a question from a reporter about his vote. Legislators expected to attempt an override, with the Senate voting first, possibly as early as Tuesday night.

Brownback pledged early Tuesday morning to veto the measure immediately after lawmakers approved it.

"It would have been much easier", said Rep. Stan Frownfelter, D-Kansas City, "for me to vote for Senate Bill 30 if it had contained a full-fledged repeal of the governor's tax cuts". What they all have in common is that, instead of paying taxes on the corporate level like Walmart or Apple, pass-throughs simply distribute their profits to their owners, who then pay taxes on them as normal income. It also ends the business-tax exemption.

Sen. Tom Holland, a Baldwin City Democrat, said Kansas had been riding "the insane train" and was long overdue for a solution. Ty Masterson, an Andover Republican.

Kansas taxpayers are about to pay up.

In the last few election cycles, voters have viewed candidates and their promises through a different lens, and the 2017 Legislature had the experience and public backing to chart a new course. Caryn Tyson, a Parker Republican.

In Trump's proposed tax plan, pass-through income gets a special rate of 15 percent, which is better than zero, but a huge cut from the top income rate of about 40 percent.

"The legislators who voted for this obscene tax increase have failed in their obligation to represent their constituents", he wrote on Twitter.

Under the new tax plan, legislators expect to raise $1.2bn in new revenue over two years to close projected budget shortfalls totaling $889m through June 2019 and also provide additional funds for public schools.

At 109 days on Tuesday and counting, this year's legislative session is now just five days from the longest, in 2015.

The Kansas Legislature passed the bill on June 1st.

Brownback's remarks came after he signed a bill that requires women in Kansas to receive more information from physicians before they can get an abortion.

"Where's the common sense?" Sen. "We should have gotten off the insane train a long time ago".

Supporters of the tax bill were short in both chambers of the two-thirds majorities they would need to override a veto, but several lawmakers said Tuesday that the chances of repudiating Brownback are good because the Legislature's annual session is dragging out. Some will think it too large of an increase and some will consider it as too small, he said.

"The dignity of life and inherent right to life is shared by all people, all people, both born and unborn", Brownback said.

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