Kansas Senate passes new GOP tax relief plan

May 03, 2019 - 5:11 am

The Kansas Senate has approved a new tax relief bill aimed at helping individuals and businesses who are paying more in state income taxes because of changes in federal tax laws.

The vote Thursday night was 27-13 on a plan drafted by GOP negotiators for the House and Senate. It is less than half the size of a tax relief bill that Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly vetoed in March and would save taxpayers roughly $90 million during the budget year beginning in July.

The House could vote on it Friday.

Kelly said the state should study its entire tax system instead.

Republican leaders made tax relief a priority and contend the state is receiving a "windfall" it doesn't deserve because of the federal tax changes at the end of 2017.

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