Gov. Sam Brownback will veto a plan to hike taxes retroactively, he announced last night at an annual dinner sponsored by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce.
“Last week, both chambers of the Kansas legislature voted to raise taxes on Kansans making over $15,000. Not only did they raise taxes on single Kansans earning more than $9.74 an hour, but they did so before even passing a budget,” Brownback said. “By doing this, legislators said that the hard-working people of Kansas must find savings in their own personal budgets before their elected representatives can be bothered to find savings in the state’s budget. This mindset is unacceptable.”
He told dinner attendees that Kansas House and Senate leadership voted against the bill, and a majority of Republican lawmakers voted against the tax hikes. The Governor asked lawmakers in attendance to sustain his veto, saying he will work with them to find a better solution to Kansas’ budget challenges.
Brownback will veto the legislation this morning in the room typically reserved for ceremonial signings. The Kansas House may attempt to override the veto as early as today.
The bill passed the House a handful of votes shy of a veto-proof majority.