TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A tax relief bill is headed to Gov. Laura Kelly, despite her repeated warnings it will undo progress made in righting the state's budget.
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The measure was pushed by Republican leaders. It passed the Senate on a 24-16 vote Thursday evening. The House approved it last week.
The bill is designed to prevent businesses and individuals from paying more in state income taxes because of changes in federal tax laws at the end of 2017. It also contains a small cut in the state's sales tax on groceries.
Republicans said the bill is a matter of fairness and prevents an unlegislated tax increase. Democrats, on the other hand, say it will bust the budget.
In an interview live Thursday on 13 NEWS Eye on Northeast Kansas, Kelly would not say whether she would veto the measure, but repeated her disagreement with it..
"I never say what I'm going to do about a bill until I actually see the bill, so I don't know at this point what I will do," Kelly said. "I have consistently said since I began campaigning for this office and throughout my administration that we have got to let the dust settle on the changes we made in 2017 here in the state of Kansas, and then what the feds did last year. We don't know what our real revenue will be. We've got to wait until we see it and have real numbers to deal with."
Senators approved the bill after passing an education funding increase.