The Kansas Senate shot down a Democratic plan to raise income taxes and end an income-tax exemption on businesses Thursday.
But senators will reconvene Friday morning to debate a separate bill raising income taxes and ending the exemption. That bill easily cleared the Kansas House on Thursday morning.
Senators voted 30-10 against bringing SB 188 to final action.
The Senate Democratic proposal would have raised taxes on married couples making more than $70,000 filing jointly from 4.6 percent to 6.45 percent. It also would have ended the income tax exemption for non-wage income for pass-through entities.
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Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, criticized the income-tax cuts championed by Gov. Sam Brownback and the state Legislature in 2012.
“This whole deal has been a scam,” Holland said. “It’s been a disaster for our state. It’s time to throw off the shackles.”
Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, re-introduced a plan to cut spending that was abandoned last week by Senate Republican leaders because of growing opposition over cuts to K-12 education. Not a single senator voiced support for that bill.