House, Senate pass tax releif, send bill to Governor, again

TOPEKA– Today, the Kansas Senate and House both quickly adopted SB 1, a compromise tax relief plan that has been agreed to by the governor. Kansas Senate President Ty Masterson and House Speaker Dan Hawkins issued the following statement:

“After 2 years of hard work by our legislative tax committees and multiple vetoes by the governor, long overdue tax relief for all Kansans is now on its way. Seniors will greatly benefit from the elimination of the tax on Social Security. A simplified, lower, dual-income tax rate with expanded deductions and exemptions will provide immediate relief for all hardworking Kansans. Lower-income families receive a significant break by eliminating their income tax burden altogether. The higher property tax exemption for homeowners and the increased child tax credit will also greatly benefit Kansas families.

While it’s unfortunate Governor Kelly chose to deny further relief, this is an important step in the right direction. Rest assured, when the legislature returns in January, we will immediately get to work providing further tax relief, especially much-needed broad-based property tax reform.”

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Earl Watt is the owner and publisher of the Leader & Times in Liberal, Kansas. Watt started his career in journalism in 1991 at the Southwest Daily Times. During his career, the newspaper has won a total of 17 Sweepstakes awards from the Kansas Press Association for editorial content and 18 Sweepstakes awards for advertising. Watt has been recognized with more than 70 first place awards for writing in categories from sports and column to best front pages, best sports pages and best opinion pages. Watt is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and is the descendant of several patriots who fought for America's freedom and independence.