Governor Would Veto Business Tax Increases
Associated Press - June 1, 2015 7:05 am
A Kansas lawmaker says the economic development incentive tool that could finance a proposed outdoor activity center at a Lawrence lake will be examined during the upcoming legislative session.
Kansas Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan has told state senators that Gov. Sam Brownback would veto proposals from legislators to increase business taxes.
Jordan spoke Sunday during a meeting of Republican senators. GOP lawmakers are sharply divided over how to close a projected $406 million budget shortfall for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
The shortfall arose after lawmakers cut income taxes in 2012 and 2013 at Brownback’s urging to stimulate the economy. One 2012 policy allowed 281,000 business owners and 53,000 farmers to avoid income taxes on their profits.
Brownback proposed Saturday that the state modify the policy to raise $24 million during the next fiscal year.
Legislators are considering business-tax proposals raising as much as $101 million.
Jordan twice told GOP senators that Brownback would veto such proposals.