Kansas legislators abandon Brownback's tax experiment

Other lawmakers said they were concerned with how the tax increases would harm those with lower incomes and families in the state.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback's radical tax cuts in 2012 represented a conservative's dream.

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.

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. "I think it's the wrong philosophy to implement". "All of a sudden they're going to increase taxes or increase something somewhere else", said Friesen.

Passage of Senate Bill 30 with two-thirds majorities in the House and Senate brings to an end signature tax policies of the Brownback administration.

That is no coincidence, since Brownback is well connected to the Republican policymaking establishment in Washington.

Burdett Loomis, a professor of political science at the University of Kansas, said Kansas's tradition of moderate governance and history of moderate Republicans sets the state apart from many of its other deep red counterparts.

The bill ends an exemption on taxation championed by the governor that affects farmers and business owners organized as limited liability corporations.

"But it's not about me". "This does move the state of Kansas forward". It's about which way we want to go.

The governor endorsed less aggressive income tax increases and proposed raising cigarette and liquor taxes and annual filing fees for for-profit businesses. "Or a pro-growth state?" You can't get something for nothing. With a tax plan complete and new school finance formula sent to the governor, the Legislature still must agree on the state budget.

"I voted "yes" on that override not because I was convinced of the merits of that bill".

Tuesday's veto was Brownback's third this session. Brenda Dietrich and Fred Patton, Topeka Republicans; and Reps. He talked about closing a $900 million deficit over two years by selling off future tobacco settlement payments to Kansas in exchange for a one-time infusion of cash and recommended the state delay government contributions to the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. He had not voted for the tax plan when it passed the House Monday night.

The tax increase was created to also cover extra aid to the state's 286 local public school districts because the state Supreme Court ruled in March that education funding is inadequate. 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.

This time around, Lawmakers had the votes - the Senate voted, 27-13, to override the veto, and the House followed in an 88-31 vote.

"Respect to me does not mean blind agreement", Longbine said. "I think there will be a large backlash".

"Most budget people would have been able to look at the numbers and say, 'This isn't going to work, '" Kraus, a Kansas City-area Republican, said of the Kansas experiment. It gets rid of the so-called "glide path to zero" strategy that would phase out state income taxes over time.

The president's tax plan, unveiled by the White House Wednesday, strongly resembles the disastrous tax plan passed in Kansas in 2012.