Senate Ways and Means Committee Vice Chairman Jim Denning, R-Overland Park, said it was signaled to him personally that Gov. Sam Brownback would not veto a bill that would close the state income tax exemption on pass-through business income. “That’s a big movement from his position last year when he was 100 percent crystal clear that he was going to veto anything that we did,” Denning said on a KCUR podcast. In response, the Governor’s Office said in a statement that Brownback would issue a new budget plan this week that would not “raise taxes on small businesses or anyone else.” But it did not say Brownback would veto a bill that did that. Meanwhile, Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Ty Masterson, R-Andover, seemed open to ending the tax exemption and asked for feedback on the issue at a constituent luncheon last week in Augusta, the Butler County Times-Gazette reported. A Senate committee is scheduled to hold a hearing April 28 on a bill to scale back the exemption. – Phillip Brownlee
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