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Kansas Legislature overrides Brownback's veto of tax plan

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Kansas legislators have delivered a bill that would increase income taxes to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's office so that he can quickly fulfill his promise to veto it. (AP) Kansas legislators have delivered a bill that would increase income taxes to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's office so that he can quickly fulfill his promise to veto it. (AP)
TOPEKA, KS (AP) -

UPDATE, 9:46 p.m. - Kansas legislators have voted to override Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's veto of a bill that would repeal or roll back past income tax cuts he has championed.

The House voted 88-31 Tuesday night to overturn Brownback's veto of a bill that will increase income taxes to fix the state budget and provide additional funds for public schools. Supporters had four votes more than the two-thirds majority necessary to override a veto.

The Senate earlier voted 27-13 to override, exactly a two-thirds majority.

The tax increase is expected to raise $1.2 billion over two years by increasing income tax rates and ending an exemption for 330,000-plus farmers and business owners.

Kansas faces projected budget shortfalls totaling $889 million through June 2019 and the state Supreme Court ruled in March that education funding is inadequate.

Although, both the House and the Senate voted to override the veto, there are still mixed feelings about it.

"I think a huge sigh of relief for everybody," Democrat Representative Cindy Holscher said.

“I responded positively considering their vote, considering the direction of the state and we’ve got to get out of this hole,” Democrat Representative Valdenia Winn said.  

"We gave the ball to someone else, kicked it down the road. So that someone else can take the blame for it, because we failed this evening," Republican Representative Willie Dove said.

The tax plan will become law in July.

Lawmakers plan to be in session for a few more days, making the session one of the longest in Kansas history.

UPDATE, 8:11 p.m. - The Kansas Senate has voted to override Brownback's veto by a 27-13 margin. 

It now moves to the Kansas House of Representatives. 

UPDATE, 6:03 p.m. - Lawmakers in Topeka continue to work through major pieces of legislation. 

With Tuesday's action - and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's veto - it could be another long night. 

Kansas Rep. Tom Cox (R-Shawnee) says there's a possibility of both chambers running the veto override on Tuesday evening. 

“I actually really appreciate that the Governor did a quick turnaround in getting that veto to us," Cox said. "He could have let that sit on his desk for nine days, but I think that shows that everyone here is trying to work through the process and expedite things so the legislative session can end quicker and save people more money.”

UPDATE, 3:48 p.m. - As promised, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has vetoed Senate Bill 30. 

"We must balance our budget without harming Kansans," Brownback tweeted. 

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Kansas legislators have delivered a bill that would increase income taxes to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's office so that he can quickly fulfill his promise to veto it.

Brownback pledged early Tuesday morning to veto the measure immediately after lawmakers approved it. It would raise $1.2 billion over two years by increasing income tax rates and ending an exemption for 330,000 plus farmers and business owners.

The bill repeals or rolls back past income tax cuts Brownback has championed as pro-growth policies.

Legislators expect to attempt to override his veto as early as Tuesday evening, with a vote in the Senate first.

Kansas faces projected budget shortfalls totaling $889 million through June 2019 and the state Supreme Court ruled in March that education funding is inadequate.

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