Lawmakers override governor veto on tax bill

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Kansas legislators have repudiated the tax-cutting experiment that brought Republican Gov. Sam Brownback national attention.

The state House voted Tuesday night to overturn Brownback's veto of a plan that reverses many of the income tax reductions he championed. The legislation aims to fix the state budget and provide additional funds for public schools.

Kansas faces projected budget shortfalls totaling $889 million through June 2019. The state Supreme Court ruled in March that education funding is inadequate.

The plan is expected to raise $1.2 billion over two years by increasing income tax rates and ending an exemption for 330,000-plus farmers and business owners.

Supporters had four votes more in the House than the two-thirds majority necessary to override a veto. The Senate earlier voted for an override, with exactly a two-thirds majority.

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9:46 p.m.

Kansas legislators have voted to override Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's veto of a bill that would repeal or roll back past income tax cuts he has championed.

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. Supporters had four votes more than the two-thirds majority necessary to override a veto.

The Senate earlier voted 27-13 to override, exactly a two-thirds majority.

The tax increase is expected to raise $1.2 billion over two years by increasing income tax rates and ending an exemption for 330,000-plus farmers and business owners.

Kansas faces projected budget shortfalls totaling $889 million through June 2019 and the state Supreme Court ruled in March that education funding is inadequate.

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8:11 p.m.
The Kansas Senate votes 27 to 13 to override the governor's veto on a tax bill that would increase income taxes. The House can now vote to override the veto.

6:40 p.m.

The Kansas Senate is gathered ahead of its vote on whether to override the governor's veto on a tax bill that would increase income taxes. If the veto override passes the Senate, it will move on to the House.

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3:50 p.m.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has vetoed the tax bill that would increase income taxes, following through with his pledge early Tuesday.

Lawmakers are expected to take an override veto vote Tuesday. The Senate will first take the vote. If they have enough votes for an override, the House will follow.

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2:23 p.m.

Kansas legislators have delivered a bill that would increase income taxes to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's office so that he can quickly fulfill his promise to veto it.

Brownback pledged early Tuesday morning to veto the measure immediately after lawmakers approved it. It would raise $1.2 billion over two years by increasing income tax rates and ending an exemption for 330,000 plus farmers and business owners.

The bill repeals or rolls back past income tax cuts Brownback has championed as pro-growth policies.

Legislators expect to attempt to override his veto as early as Tuesday evening, with a vote in the Senate first.

Kansas faces projected budget shortfalls totaling $889 million through June 2019 and the state Supreme Court ruled in March that education funding is inadequate.

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1:55 a.m.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is promising to veto an income tax increase approved by Kansas lawmakers to fix the state budget and meet a court mandate on school funding.

The GOP-controlled Legislature approved a bill early Tuesday morning that would raise $1.2 billion over two years by repealing or rolling back past income tax cuts championed by Brownback.

Also sent Monday night to Brownback was another bill that would phase in a $293 million increase in spending on public schools over two years. The state Supreme Court ruled in March that education funding is inadequate.

The tax bill is meant to cover the higher spending on schools and close projected budget shortfalls totaling $889 million through June 2019. But Brownback said immediately after its passage that it had "many deficiencies."

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