Kansas lawmakers' work stalls on undoing Brownback tax cuts

Posted: Updated:
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

Work in the Kansas Legislature has stalled on a plan that would fully repeal past income tax cuts championed by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

House and Senate negotiators failed to agree Thursday evening on a plan to raise taxes to fix the state budget and boost spending on public schools.

They reviewed a plan that would return Kansas to the income tax laws in place in 2012 before tax cuts touted by Brownback began. Rates would have risen and an exemption for farmers and business owners would have ended.

It was the most aggressive plan lawmakers have considered and would have raised $1.4 billion over two years.

Kansas faces projected budget shortfalls totaling $887 million through June 2019, and the state Supreme Court has ruled that education funding is inadequate.
 

Check out these photos from across KAKEland snapped by our viewers, staff and local officials. Do you have a photo to share with us? Email it to news@kake.com.

MORE SLIDESHOWS HERE

  • Most Popular Stories

    • Manhattan murder suspect arrested at Wichita motel

      Steven Harris was arrested at the Motel 6 on East Kellogg Drive. Wichita police also took Cora Brown into custody.

    • Man arrested in Wichita hookah lounge shooting

      A 21-year-old man was arrested for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Booking records identify him as John Houze. 

    • Former Texas nurse accused of killing dozens of kids in '80s

      Prosecutors say a Texas nurse who is in prison for the 1984 killing of a toddler and who faces new charges in the 1981 death of an infant is suspected of killing as many as 60 young children around that time.
    • West Wichita auto larcenies caught on camera

      A far west Wichita neighborhood is on alert after a man is caught on camera going through people's cars. 

    • Dog's face after being left at pound will break your heart

      The photo of a pit bull left at a California animal shelter this month is sure to tug at your heartstrings, but the sad pup's story has a happy ending.

    • Sedgwick County jail deputy arrested for DUI

      A patrol deputy stopped a black 2016 GMC Sierra for a traffic violation just before 3 a.m. Thursday near Central and Rock Road.

    • Stormy start to the holiday weekend

      Hit and miss showers and storms return to KAKEland Friday and a few could be severe. While this is not an overly organized severe threat, storms that develop could produce large hail, high wind and even a few tornadoes. Storms will likely fire up across Eastern Colorado during the mid to late afternoon and then track east toward KAKEland. Look for storms crossing into Kansas between 5-8pm. Like Thursday, storms that develop during the afternoon and evening across Western Kansas could...

    • ISIS sets sights on Vegas Strip properties as possible terror targets

      The city of Las Vegas has emerged once again as a potential terror target in an ISIS propaganda video.

    • 1955 Udall tornado: Deadliest in Kansas history

      The storm killed 77 people, which was about 20 percent of the town's population, and injured about 250 others.

    • Neighborhood meets for prayer after multiple shootings

      It took a lot for 11-year-old Teo Roman to speak up in a church filled with adults. But what he had to say, could've come from anyone in that room Thursday night. "I have a bunch of friends who play outside and could get shot at any time," Roman said. "There's always cars driving by and at any time I could get shot." It's a chilling reality he expressed, but it's one many in the area of 13th and Hillside have expressed. Police responded to four shootings in ...