KANSAS’S HOUSE VOTES TO REVERSE SAM BROWNBACK’S TAX POLICIES, OVERRIDING HIS VETO

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback fulfilled his promise to veto a bill that would have increased personal income taxes to help balance the budget.

But in a swift response Wednesday morning, the Kansas House voted to override Brownback’s veto of the bill increasing personal income taxes. The vote Wednesday was 85-40. That’s one vote more than the two-thirds majority necessary in the 125-member House.

The House’s action clears the way for an attempt to override in the Senate. Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning says the chamber will vote by Thursday.

The bill would raise more than $1 billion over two years starting in July. It would increase income tax rates and end an exemption for more than 330,000 farmers and business owners.

Kansas has struggled to balance its budget since GOP lawmakers slashed income taxes in 2012 and 2013 at Brownback’s urging. The bill would reverse key Brownback tax policies.

Brownback acted Wednesday during a Statehouse news conference. He had pledged to veto the measure during a Tuesday night banquet of the supportive Kansas Chamber of Commerce.

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