Kansas Lawmakers Pass School Aid Increase, Income Tax Hike

Kansas lawmakers pass school aid increase, income tax hike

Kansas legislators approved a bill early Tuesday morning that would roll back past income tax cuts championed by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback to fix the cash-strapped state’s budget after passing a plan for meeting a court mandate on education spending.

But Brownback announced immediately that he would veto the tax bill.

“It will substantially damage job creation and leave our citizens poorer in the future,” the conservative governor said in a statement.

The tax measure would raise $1.2 billion over two years by increasing income tax rates and ending an exemption for more than 330,000 farmers and business owners. The votes were 26 …

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