16 April 2021 | Tax and Budget

RELEASE: Pricey tax plan deserved Gov. Kelly’s veto

April 16, 2021

TOPEKA, Kansas – Kansas Action for Children's Director of Fiscal Policy Emily Fetsch released the following statement after the veto of SB 50:"Gov. Laura Kelly made the right decision for Kansas today by vetoing yet another misguided, expansive tax plan.

"With the passage of Senate Bill 50, state revenue faces a staggering $644 million hit over the next few years. SB 50 would cost $284 million, and a separate federal Paycheck Protection Program loophole would cost a whopping $360 million. Legislators in the Kansas Senate and House should both vote to sustain the governor’s veto and fix the tax treatment of PPP loans.

"SB 50 simply costs too much. At a time when our state should be watching our revenue streams carefully, the bill hands out tax breaks to big corporations and high-income earners, among others. While it includes less harmful sections, the bill as a whole would set Kansas back as we work to rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic.

"If you care about the critical infrastructure needed to keep our economy strong — child care, K-12 schools, higher education, roads, broadband, and the state workforce — you should care about tax policy. Reduced revenue will lead to cuts in all these areas. Students, teachers, and those depending on state services will bear the brunt.

"What’s more, years of research have shown that tax cuts don’t boost growth.

"Kansas should promote long-term economic health by investing in the things that both families and businesses need to thrive: quality schools to educate the next generation; state-of-the-art transportation that enables parents to work and businesses to bring their products to market; safe, stable communities; and efficient state services.

"Public investment and a reliable tax system are needed now to bolster Kansas families. That’s what legislators in both chambers should focus on when they return to Topeka next month. They should vote against SB 50 and sustain the governor’s veto, while closing the PPP loophole."