Kansas lawmakers react to governor’s veto of tax relief bill

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Two months on the job and Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has already issued her first veto.

The bill would have allowed Kansans and businesses to pay less in state income taxes and lower the grocery tax. However, Kelly says now is not the time to do that.

“I expected that she would do that,” said Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, D-Wichita.

“First of all, I was disappointed,” said Sen. Larry Alley, R-Winfield.

Kansas lawmakers are divided on the veto of a tax relief bill pushed by top Republicans in the state legislature. 

“Let our budget stabilize, let our revenues stabilize and sit down and talk about it when we really know what the facts are,” said Kelly. 

Faust-Goudeau agrees with the governor. 

“With getting all the information, getting exact numbers to make an informed decision,” she said.

But, Alley says the veto could impact a lot of Kansans. 

“The people it’s going to hurt is middle class,” he said. “Our working couples, our teachers, our factory workers. That’s really who it’s going to hurt.”

Faust-Goudeau says there are some other issues that need to be looked at before this tax bill. 

“We had not put in that measure or anything to address school funding,” she said.

But, many Republicans believe it was the right time for Kelly to let the tax bill become law.

“She’s just failed on her campaign promises to lower sales tax on food and prevent a tax increase on Kansas individuals and Kansas businesses,” said Sen. Susan Wagle, president of the Kansas Senate.

Three more votes are needed in the Senate and eight more in the House to override Kelly’s veto.

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