Kansas legislators abandon Brownback's tax experiment
- Author: Eleanor Harrison Jun 12, 2017,
Jun 12, 2017, 11:04
"We can and we must balance our budget without negatively harming Kansas families", Brownback said in his short veto message Tuesday afternoon. That led to separate votes approving a new school funding formula, which is on the governor's desk, and the tax legislation he tried to derail.
Kansas state Rep. K.C. Ohaebosim, left, D-Wichita, makes a point in a conversation with Rep. Boog Highberger, right, D-Lawrence, before a House vote on overriding Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's veto of a tax increase to fix the state budget, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Topeka, Kan.
"The Legislature has the power to override the veto".
People who are self-employed or own small businesses, however, will want to start doing some tax planning immediately, because for them the new rates are retroactive to January 1.
The House voted 88-31 Tuesday night to overturn Brownback's veto of a bill that will increase income taxes to fix the state budget and provide additional funds for public schools.
Sen. Steve Fitzgerald, R-5th Dist., voted against the override.
The Save Kansas Coalition, which is comprised of former Kansas Governors Sebelius, Hayden, Graves and Carlin, says the state is on the road to recovery.
The tax increase was created to also cover extra aid to the state's 286 local public school districts.
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.
Brownback lie led to tax policy
Persistent budget woes that followed Kansas' first round of massive income tax cuts in 2012 eroded Brownback's support among voters and prompted near-constant criticism on the left. He would eliminate some deductions and, most crucially, dramatically reduce taxes for business owners, including millions of people who own businesses but pay taxes on their profits as individuals. "I think it's the wrong philosophy to implement".
Trump wants to consolidate individual tax brackets and lower the top rate.
Pass-throughs are sometimes misleadingly described as "small businesses".
Her last name means she comes second to last on the chamber's alphabetical roll. But Brownback said immediately after its passage that it had "many deficiencies".
If that happens, it would sharply contrast with Iowa. "It's about Kansas. It's about the future of this state". "I've made many, many bad decisions in my business career, as many bad as good, but I've always backed up and mopped up my mess".
Brownback's legislative allies argued that the state should do more to control spending.
In the intervening years, Kansas has faced deep budget deficits and increasingly bitter fights between Brownback and the legislature - still controlled by Republicans - over how to close those budget holds. Rob Olson, a conservative Kansas City-area Republican.
The bill would increase income tax rates and end an exemption for more than 330,000 farmers and business owners, repealing or rolling back income tax cuts enacted in 2012 and 2013 that Brownback still bills as pro-growth policies. But in a long, nearly stream-of-consciousness statement, he claimed the tax cuts had been a boost to the economy, while simultaneously arguing that the state's financial problems are the result of a weak economy being dragged down by low agricultural and energy commodity prices.