Kansas lawmakers unsure of path ahead on taxes

February 22, 2017 - 12:41 pm
TOPEKA, Kan.  — Kansas legislators are not sure what path they will take to balance the state budget after failing to override Gov. Sam Brownback's veto of a bill increasing income taxes.

Brownback vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have raised more than $1 billion over two years.

The House voted to override his action on an 85-40 vote. But the vote in the Senate at 24-16 was three votes short of the two-thirds majority necessary.

Some supporters of the bill said it's now up to Brownback and his allies to come up with a new plan.

But Rep. Tom Sawyer, (D-Wichita), said he would like to keep passing bills similar to the one Brownback vetoed until lawmakers are willing to override the governor.
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