TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Republican legislators on Wednesday reversed actions by Kansas Democratic governor to reshape the state budget to her liking, but they couldnt save a GOP tax relief plan and had their work briefly delayed by a loud protest in favor of expanding Medicaid.
The GOP-controlled Legislature overrode Democratic Gov. Laura Kellys vetoes of several items in the next state budget, including an extra $51 million payment to the states public pension system to help boost its long-term financial stability. She had argued for socking away more funds in the states cash reserves as a hedge against a future economic downturn.
Republicans failed to override Kellys veto of a tax bill aimed at providing relief to businesses and individuals paying more in state income taxes because of changes in federal tax laws at the end of 2017. The governor argued that it would decimate the state budget as it saved taxpayers roughly $240 million over three years.
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