Kansas Lawmakers Reverse Governor's Massive Tax Cuts

Republicans in Kansas broke ranks with the state's conservative governor Wednesday night, voting to raise rates and put an end to a series of tax cuts.

"Respect to me does not mean blind agreement", Longbine said.

Immediately after the House adjourned Ryckman rushed to his office and didn't answer a question from a reporter about his vote.

But Tuesday night, Ryckman voted to override the governor's veto.

Some Republicans may have seen the tax increases coming, but they refused to let them easily pass into law.

Gov. Sam Brownback gave a statement to the media Wednesday, June 7, 2017, concerning the Senate and House overriding his veto of a bill raising Kansas income taxes by $1.2 billion over two years.

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

"What we're doing is fleecing our constituents", said Sen.

Conservative Republican Sen. Dennis Pyle, of Hiawatha, drew on the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty in his appeal that colleagues uphold the veto.

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Governor Sam Brownback's leadership of Kansas came to be synonymous with a single, unyielding philosophy: Cut taxes, cut the size of government, and the state will thrive.

"That's one of the big differences between this session and last session", said Rogers. Caryn Tyson, a Parker Republican. The top rate will be 5.7 percent, as opposed to 4.6 percent now. Voters warming to that reform idea weren't necessarily told the plan was to adopt a large increase in personal income taxes, he said.

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.

The tax bill also extends the sales tax revenue bond program, known as STAR bonds, by moving the sunset date to July 2020. That's when lawmakers overrode Brownback's veto of a tax plan, championed by moderate Republicans and Democrats. He says while the bill isn't ideal, it is a structurally sound piece of legislation. Legislators have overridden the veto, and Ohaebosim and Highberger supported the effort. Among other measures, it allows insurance policies for state employees to cover abortions only in cases where the life of the mother is endangered; requires parental consent for minors seeking abortions; requires women to undergo ultrasounds and be given the option of viewing the image before obtaining an abortion; and bars abortions after 20 weeks unless the life of the mother is endangered or her health severely compromised. Those who rose to comment rejected conservative's claims that increasing taxes defies common sense.

ZEFF: That's Democratic State Senator Tom Holland.

First elected governor of Kansas seven years ago by a wide margin, Brownback wasted no time steering the Republican Party on a hard-right turn.

Sam Brownback says a law repealing his signature tax cuts will create a drag on the state's economy.

"Of course all of us are very anxious to get home, we have laundry to do and families, and to get back to our jobs", said Representative Diana Dierks (R) of Salina.

House Minority Leader Jim Ward, a Wichita Democrat contemplating a run for governor in 2018, said the override represented a decisive step toward "fiscal responsibility and end (of) the Brownback tax experiment".

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