TOPEKA — Nine senators changed their vote on a modified version of Gov. Sam Brownback’s income tax cut plan this morning and helped pass the bill in a 29-11 vote.
Sen. Carolyn McGinn, R-Sedgwick, said she was told by senate leadership that the Governor’s office had applied a lot of pressure to get them to reconsider the bill.
McGinn was among those who voted against the bill earlier this morning in a 20-20 vote that killed it. But she and eight others changed their vote when the senate abruptly reconsidered the bill. (Others included Sens. Brungardt, Emler, Huntington, Kelsey, Longbine, Morris, Teichman and Umbarger.)
McGinn said she decided that she wanted a bill to bring to a conference committee where select members of the House and Senate negotiate the differences between proposals that have passed one of their houses.
Senate President Steve Morris declined to comment about whether the Governor’s office was involved in the discussions that led to the re-vote.
“There was a lot of interest in making sure we had something to go to conference,” he said.
Morris said the elimination of nonwage income tax for most businesses is in both Senate and House bills and “might” be a component that could pass both houses.
Morris said the House will have the option to agree with the Senate plan. “That won’t happen,” he said.
Instead, Morris expects the House and Senate will appoint conference committees and negotiate a bill both bodies can accept.
Wichita Republican Sen. Les Donovan said he wasn’t sure what changed. But, like others, he said lawmakers probably wanted to have an income tax bill to negotiate with the House.
“Are we going to get everything the Governor wanted?” he asked. “Probably not.”
– Update –
Brownback’s office released the following statement from the Governor: ”The Senate took an important step towards growing the Kansas economy and creating new jobs. We are one step closer to hitting the accelerator on the emerging Kansas economy. We must remain focused on the just cause of pro-growth tax reform – jobs and a brighter future for our children.”