Politics & Government

Revenue secretary: Brownback would veto business tax break rollback

Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan told Senate Republicans on Sunday that Gov. Sam Brownback would veto any attempts to roll back tax break for business owners.

The Legislature eliminated income taxes for the owners of limited liability corporations and S corporations in 2012 after Brownback championed the policy.

Some Republican leaders, including the Senate president and vice president, have floated ideas to tweak the tax break as part of a fix to the state’s $400 million budget hole.

At a GOP caucus meeting Sunday afternoon, Sen. Jacob LaTurner, R-Pittsburg, asked Jordan, who was attending to offer guidance on tax policy, what the governor would do if such a policy came across his desk.

Jordan said the governor would veto it.

At the same meeting, Sen. Vicki Schmidt, R-Topeka, repeatedly asked for clarification on when furloughs for state workers would begin if the Legislature does not pass a tax plan. Budget director Shawn Sullivan said that furloughs could begin June 7 if necessary.

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