June 6, 2017

Kansas Legislature overrides Governor Brownback veto
Lawmakers protect comprehensive tax reform, begin Kansas’ fiscal recovery

TOPEKA – Tonight, both chambers of the state legislature voted to override Governor Sam Brownback’s veto of CCR for Senate Bill 30 – a comprehensive tax reform plan that passed in the early hours of the morning.

“Since its inception in 2013, the Kansas Center for Economic Growth (KCEG) has advocated relentlessly against the failed tax policies of 2012,” said KCEG Executive Director Heidi Holliday. “We’ve demonstrated the ways in which massive tax cuts for the wealthy jeopardize the state’s fiscal health and hurt low- and middle-income Kansans. Tonight, the Legislature committed to fixing the problem by rejecting the Governor’s veto.”

After almost two hours of debate, the Kansas Senate voted to override the Governor’s veto 27 to 13. Later, on the 109th day of the session, the House did the same – enacting comprehensive tax reform by an 88 to 31 margin.

“Lawmakers took a monumental step forward for Kansas today,” said Holliday. “To the nation, we’ve been a model of what not to do. Now we will show them the comeback.”

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