KS Senate Votes Down Personal Income Tax Hike After House Approves It

The Republican-controlled Kansas Senate has rejected a Democratic plan for increasing personal income taxes to help balance the state budget.

Senators voted 30-10 on Thursday (2/16) against giving a bill containing the plan first-round approval. The measure would have raised $1.2 billion over two years by rejecting core tax policies championed by Republican Governor Sam Brownback.

The Senate’s action came the day before the chamber was expected to debate a bipartisan tax plan approved by the House.

The House plan would raise more than $1 billion over two years, starting in July.

Democrats wanted to return the state’s top income tax rate to its 2012 level of 6.45 percent. The current rate set after Brownback-inspired tax cuts is 4.6 percent. The House plan would set the top rate at 5.45 percent.

Earlier Thursday, the Kansas House approved a bill that would increase personal income taxes to help balance the state budget.  That vote was 76-48.

Supporters had eight votes less than the two-thirds majority of 84 necessary in the GOP-controlled, 125-member House to override a Brownback veto.

The bill’s backers also lost seven votes overnight. The House gave the bill first-round approval Wednesday (2/15) on an 83-39 vote.

Brownback has said he would not sign the bill because he opposes broad income tax increases like those in the measure.