Kansas Senate committee endorses tax relief bill

Kelly hasn't said whether she'd veto it
Kansas Senate committee endorses tax relief bill

Republican legislators in Kansas have advanced a proposal aimed at preventing corporations and individuals from paying more state income taxes because of changes in federal tax laws.

A GOP-controlled Senate committee endorsed a tax relief bill Thursday on a voice vote. The measure is the brainchild of Senate President Susan Wagle and has the backing of big businesses and business groups.

The Senate is expected to debate the bill next week.

Republican leaders have made tax relief a top priority. They argue Kansas is receiving an unanticipated revenue “windfall” because its income tax laws are tied to the federal tax code. While the changes championed by President Donald Trump cut rates, they also included provisions that could keep many residents from claiming itemized deductions on their state tax forms.

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly has said lawmakers should avoid tax changes this year. Kelly has consistently declined to say whether she would veto a tax relief bill.