TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas Senate has rejected a Democrat plan for increasing personal income taxes to help balance the state budget.
Senators voted 30-10 on Thursday against giving a bill containing the plan first-round approval. The measure would have raised $1.2 billion over two years by rejecting core tax policies championed by Gov. Sam Brownback.
The Senate's action came the day before the chamber was expected to debate a bipartisan tax plan approved by the House.
The House plan would raise more than $1 billion over two years, starting in July.
Democrats wanted to return the state's top income tax rate to its 2012 level of 6.45%. The current rate set after Brownback-inspired tax cuts is 4.6%. The House plan would set the top rate at 5.45%.