Legislature ends Brownback’s self-described fiscal experiment


TOPEKA — 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.

Manhattan-area lawmakers Tom Phillips, Sydney Carlin, Susie Swanson of the House and Tom Hawk of the Senate voted in favor of the override. Rep. Ron Highland voted against.

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, commonly called the LLC exemption.


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