Published: Mon, June 12, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

Brownback says tax hike bad long-term for Kansas

Brownback says tax hike bad long-term for Kansas

Brownback says the income tax increases lawmakers pushed into law Wednesday night, will hurt Kansas.

"Being governor was all about his tax plan", Dinah Sykes, a state senator and fellow Republican, said of Brownback.

Under the new tax laws, Kansas will return to having a third tax income tax rate for its wealthiest filers, something cuts in 2012 eliminated.

Kansas legislators have repudiated the tax-cutting experiment that brought Gov. Sam Brownback national attention, with even fellow Republicans voting to override his veto of a plan reversing numerous income tax reductions he championed in recent years as a way to fix the cash-strapped state's budget.

"The state has taken a big step backwards", Brownback said.

"I just think this is the wrong way for us to go", he said. The Kansas Senate also voted with a veto-proof majority on the plan earlier in the week. He vetoed a bill that raised more than $1 billion in tax revenue back in February, and followed that by striking down the Legislature's attempt to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act a few weeks later.

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.

"But it's not about me".

"We're going to have long-term negative consequences for the economy of this state, for the people of Kansas", Brownback told reporters.

"This plan has things that are important to us", said an elated Newton State Representative Tim Hodge. "Or a pro-growth state?"

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"We've been declining as a percent of the population in the country", Brownback said. "We should have got off this insane train a long time ago". "You get late in the session and a number of people threw their hands up". But there's not been much in the way of useful communication coming from the state's top administrator - outside of his exhausted rhetoric about the power of tax cuts to fuel the sort of dynamic economy we've witnessed in Kansas under his tenure.

Ten of the dozen members of the Shawnee County delegation voted to override the governor.

"The Legislature has the power to override the veto". Rick Wilborn, R-McPherson, agreed to support the override after previously voting against the tax bill. Brenda Dietrich and Fred Patton, Topeka Republicans; and Reps. That would have underfunded the state by a projected $900 million over the next two years.

A major vote in the House came from the leading Republican in the chamber. The legislation aims to fix the state budget and provide additional funds for public schools.

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's an obligation. So basically, this is a heck of a good start at undoing the damage that was caused by five or six years of failed tax policies". "I think there will be a large backlash".

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

Republican-led Oklahoma also cut income taxes in 2014 but this year canceled a further reduction to help close a budget shortfall.

"Historically", he said, "any time you vote for a huge tax increase there is going to be voters that are concerned".

"Kansas, much like many other states, had a nationalized election against Obamacare, against Obama", Loomis said. Mike Hayden and Bill Graves and former Democratic Govs. But for many in the state, the policy has been a nightmare.

Sam Brownback comments during a news conference about the Legislature's override of his veto of a bill increasing income taxes to fix the state budget, Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. "We can't risk this".

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