Gov. Kelly issues first veto, halting new tax plan

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Governor Laura Kelly is one step closer to keeping millions of dollars in her budget.

Monday the governor vetoed the legislature’s recently passed tax plan that controls the destination of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Governor Kelly said now is not the time to change taxes in the state.

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

The governor highlighted the progress she has seen in the state since Governor Brownback’s tax cuts and said her first veto is the best option for Kansans.

I think it will have very minimal impact on our families, but if this were to become law, the impact on our families would become much greater,” she said.

She mentioned the need to fund schools, roads, and Medicaid expansion as reasons to veto the bill.

But many Republicans believe she should have let the 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 Senate President Susan Wagle.

Some people in Kansas are paying more in taxes this year after changes were made on the federal level. 

The governor did not raise taxes, Donald trump and his administration and the legislature that support him changed the tax code which would change our state taxes, said Senator Barbara Bollier.

Senator Wagle said it was up to the state government to fix the state’s tax code after the federal code changed.

Certainly we were responding to the Trump tax cuts, and her veto increases taxes on individuals, families and businesses in Kansas, said Sen. Wagle.

House and Senate leadership will have to decide if their chambers can get a two-thirds majority to override the governor’s veto.

Three additional votes are needed in the Senate and eight more votes in the House to move forward without the governor.

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