Susan Wagle

Kansas lawmakers fail to override veto of income tax increases

Kansas lawmakers fail to override veto of income tax increases

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would undo his signature income tax cut, and his allies prevented the Legislature from overriding him, setting up future confrontations over balancing the state budget. 

Less than two hours after Brownback vetoed the bill, the state House voted 85 to 40 to override him, giving supporters one vote more than the two-thirds majority they needed. But the vote in the Senate hours later was 24 to 16, which was three shy of a two-thirds majority. 

By not overriding the veto, lawmakers will have to draft another plan aimed at closing projected budget shortfalls totaling nearly $1.1 billion through June...

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