Kansas lawmakers allow veto of tax relief bill to stand

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Kansas Statehouse in Topeka

Topeka — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto of a Republican tax relief bill will stand because GOP lawmakers did not attempt to override it.

The Republican-controlled Legislature adjourned Friday for its annual spring break without an override attempt. The deadline for trying to override will pass before lawmakers reconvene May 1.

The bill was designed to prevent individuals and businesses from paying more in state income taxes because of changes in federal tax laws at the end of 2017.

Republican leaders said it would have prevented an unlegislated tax increase.

Kelly and fellow Democrats said the bill was fiscally reckless.

Republicans hold the two-thirds majorities needed in both chambers to override a veto but at least a few GOP lawmakers were expected to vote against overturning Kelly’s action, making an attempt futile.


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