TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas legislators have failed to override Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's veto of a bill that would have increased income taxes to help balance the state budget.
The state Senate voted 24-16 Wednesday to overturn the veto. But supporters were three votes short of the two-thirds majority of 27 votes needed in the 40-member chamber.
The Senate's action came after the House voted 85-40 to override the veto. Supporters there had one vote more than necessary.
The bill would have raised more than $1 billion over two years by rolling back personal income tax cuts Brownback championed in 2012 and 2013. Lawmakers will have to draft a new budget-balancing plan.
The state faces projected budget shortfalls totaling nearly $1.1 billion through June 2019.