The Latest: Kansas Republicans condemn veto of tax bill

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Latest on Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto of a tax relief bill pushed by top Republicans in the Kansas Legislature (all times local):

2:15 p.m.

Top Republicans in the GOP-controlled Kansas Legislature are condemning Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto of a tax relief bill.

Kelly on Monday rejected a measure aimed at preventing individuals and businesses from paying more in state income taxes because of changes in federal tax law at the end of 2017. She said the measure would have created a “self-inflicted budget crisis.”

Senate President Susan Wagle and House Majority Leader Dan Hawkins said Kelly is breaking a promise she made in last year’s campaign not to raise taxes. The two Republicans argued that the bill they championed prevented an unlegislated tax increase.

Hawkins has compared the tax debate to finding a wallet full of cash on the sidewalk with the owner’s ID.
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