Latest tax plan fails in House after passing Senate

By  | 

TOPEKA (WIBW)- Lawmakers worked late into the night Tuesday on a 3-tier tax plan which would have raised $1.2 billion over two years, by increasing income tax rates and ending tax cuts championed by Gov. Sam Brownback.

The bill passed the senate, two votes shy of a veto override, but failed in the house.

“I’m very sorry about what happened over in the house. I hope that they can pull things together and get their work done pretty soon," said Sen. Laura Kelly.

“It’s just whether the will of the body is there to raise taxes at this rate or not," said Rep. Steve Johnson. "It appears that there’s certainly groups that want to see more raise. There’s groups that want to see less raise. To raise more would require a veto proof majority. I think you only get further from a veto proof majority only going higher.”

The bill that moved through both chambers was similar to one that the house voted down last week. Without a tax plan, it means both the House and Senate will have to begin negotiations again.

"Regroup with the Governor. See if there’s a plan that we can pass that gets us through 2018,” said Johnson.

Lawmakers are hoping to get it done soon -- each additional work day is costing $45,000.

“You’d like to see some progress to see an end to the session, and I think our constituents would like to see us make some progress," said Sen. Vicki Schmidt.

Rep. Vic Miller told us, "People may be upset. We need to do it right, and there is a right way to do it. If they would put a package together that I support, I’d be happy to vote yes.”

Timing has not been announced on when they will introduce a new tax plan. The state faces a budget shortfall of $887 million through June 2019.