House moves forward with tax plan

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You may have noticed a difference in your taxes from years past. That’s because the tax code has changed on the federal level.

Thursday, representatives voted on whether to advance the Senate’s tax plan. It’s a bill that many Republicans say returns money to the people of Kansas while Democrats say it focuses on wealthy corporations.

Legislators voted 80-42 in favor of the bill. 

“With the federal government raising their standard deduction to $24,000 for a married, filing jointly, since we did not raise our standard deduction, then that is going to put some low to middle income families at a disadvantage,” said McPherson Representative Les Mason.

Supporters say the bill allows people to fully enjoy President’s Trump’s tax cuts.

“We’re fixing an unintended consequence from the federal government,” said Ottawa Representative Blaine Finch.

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

The House added a reduction in food sales tax from 6.5 percent to 5.5 to the bill, as well as out-of-state internet sales tax provisions.

Democrats 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 Representative Tim Hodge. “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.

The bill has not gotten enough support in the Senate or the House to keep Governor Kelly from vetoing it.

“This is why it’s so important to have a democratic governor to keep us from running down the same road Brownback took us down,” said Rep. Hodge.

The House will have a final vote on the bill Friday.

It will then go to a joint committee and back to the Senate, before it could head to the governor’s desk.

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