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Feb. 23, 2017TOPEKA, Kan. |  By: AP

Kansas Senate fails to override governor's budget veto

Kansas legislators 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 now have to draft a new budget-balancing plan.

The state faces projected budget shortfalls totaling nearly $1.1 billion through June 2019.