Governor Kelly to announce decision on tax relief bill today

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The Kansas governor plans to make a public decision on a Senate tax cut bill Monday afternoon.

Governor Laura Kelly said she will hold a press conference at 1:30 p.m. to announce her plan for Senate Bill 22. The Republican-backed bill, which passed the Kansas House and Senate, would prevent businesses and consumers from paying more in state income taxes because of 2017 federal tax law changes. The House added a slight cut to the state’s food sales tax from 6.5 percent to 5.5.

The bill has not gotten enough support in the Senate or the House to keep Kelly from vetoing it. Supporters said the bill allows people to fully enjoy President Donald Trump’s tax cuts.

“Senate Bill 22 is status quo,” said McPherson Rep. Les Mason, R. “If the federal government had not enacted the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, we wouldn’t be having this discussion.”

However, opponents argue there is more to the bill that allows companies to evade taxes.

“The bulk of this tax cut was the giant multi-national corporations,” said Newton Rep. Tim Hodge, D. “I’m not so cynical to say, okay let’s give everybody a penny and we’ll give the giant multi-national corporations $150 million.”

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