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Brownback vetos proposed tax increase

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced he will veto a proposed tax increase for Kansas. (AP) Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced he will veto a proposed tax increase for Kansas. (AP)

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback vetoed a proposed tax increase for Kansas on Wednesday.

Brownback acted during a Statehouse news conference. 

The governor announced his plan for the veto at Tuesday night's Kansas Chamber of Commerce event in Topeka. 

"I am vetoing it because Kansas families deserve to keep more of their hard-earned cash," Brownback later tweeted. 

The bill would have rolled back most of Brownback's tax cuts in 2012, which featured business income tax exemptions. 

It also would have raised taxes for most Kansans, including a 0.65 percent raise for those who make $30,000-$60,000 and $60,001-$100,000. 

Lawmakers in support of the tax increase say taxes are so low that they are failing to balance the budget. But the governor says he won’t balance it on the backs of the middle class and small business owners.

The bill would essentially raise taxes back to where they were before Brownback took office.

It would also mean that businesses would be taxed again. Something Brownback stopped in an effort to get more businesses to leave Missouri and neighboring states to come into Kansas.

However, Democrats in both the Kansas House and Senate say it's time for a change, and will most likely see an attempt to override in the upcoming days.

"I think there will be the opportunity to muster the support to override the veto.  It's going to be up to the Republican leadership in the Senate to reverse their vote," Kansas Democratic Senator David Haley said.

The House is expected to consider overriding the veto almost immediately. But the bill did not pass with the two-thirds majorities required.

Full statement from Brownback: 

Since the pioneers moved westward across the country and settled this fertile ground, our state has always held a promise for those who came here—that through dedication and hard work your standing in life can improve. One of my primary goals as Governor is to make it easier for Kansans to thrive and to accomplish their dreams. That is precisely why we cut income taxes on all Kansans several years ago, working to make Kansas the best state in America to raise a family and grow a business.

Last week, both chambers of the Kansas legislature voted to raise taxes on Kansans making over $15,000. Not only did they raise taxes on single Kansans earning more than $9.74 an hour, but they did so before even passing a budget. By doing this, legislators said that the hard-working people of Kansas must find savings in their own personal budgets before their elected representatives can be bothered to find savings in the state’s budget. This mindset is unacceptable.

I am vetoing HB 2178, the punitive tax increase on working Kansans. I am vetoing it because the legislature failed to fulfill my request that they find savings and efficiencies before asking the people of Kansas for more taxes. I am vetoing it because Kansas families deserve to keep more of their hard-earned cash. I am vetoing it because it is retroactive and thus incredibly unfair.

Legislators who voted for this largest tax hike in Kansas history will try to persuade you that it is primarily a tax on wealthy business owners. This is false. Rather, this bill is an assault on the pocketbooks of the middle class. These legislators campaigned saying they were going to raise some other guy’s taxes. But when the votes were finally cast, they raised yours.

Above all else, we must remember that tax dollars do not belong to the government. They belong to the families, individuals, and job-creators who earn a paycheck. It is wrong for government to take more tax dollars than are absolutely necessary to provide for the core functions of the state.

Should the legislature override this veto, Kansans are the ones who will pay the price. It doesn’t have to be this way; there is another option. My budget proposal does not target Kansas families or the working class, but still achieves structural balance. I urge you to call your legislator and tell them to find savings in government before asking you and your family for more money. After all, it’s your money, not the government’s. As the stewards of your tax dollars, legislators must be fiscally responsible with your money. It is not too late; the legislature still has time to choose fiscal responsibility over tax increases on Kansas families.

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