Another tax debate likely to fill 2020 legislative session

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State News

December 9, 2019 - 10:00 AM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and Republican legislators are headed toward another confrontation over tax cuts because the GOP isn’t giving up on reducing income taxes and Kelly has other priorities.

Top Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature plan to push next year for tax reductions for individuals and businesses that are paying more in state income taxes because of changes in federal tax laws in 2017. Kelly vetoed two Republican tax reduction bills earlier this year, arguing that each would decimate the state budget.

The collision is the result of the 2018 election, in which voters elected both Kelly, who ran against former GOP Gov. Sam Brownback’s failed experiment in cutting income taxes, at the same time they elected a more conservative Legislature in tune with Republican thinking that the federal tax cuts are spurring growth.

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