They had to take the unusual step of overriding Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's veto to get some of those taxes back on the books.
Though a Republican state for years Kansans did not want to move as far right economically and politically as Mr Brownback was trying to push them. The measure is created to cover projected budget shortfalls totaling $889 million through June 2019 while providing new dollars for public schools to comply with a state Supreme Court ruling in March that education funding is inadequate. Lawmakers are waiting to see if Brownback will sign the bill or if that's even enough money to pass constitutional muster. "Lawmakers voted to override Brownback's veto of a tax plan estimated to bring the state more than $1.2 billion over a two-year span. We are not a tax-increasing party", Moore said.
The shift on tax policy this week by Kansas lawmakers have improved the state's credit rating.
Bill Hoagland, senior vice president of the Bipartisan Policy Center and a former Senate Republican budget expert, said Brownback's tax cut strategy, "didn't translate into the growth they wanted out there and didn't translate into the services they wanted". It assessed Kansas as a slow-growing state with above-average long-term liabilities.
"The men and women who voted to end the Brownback experiment are now under attack by supporters of the governor's tax plan", the Save Kansas leaders said.
"I think we've been pushed to the brink", state Rep. Dan Hawkins, a Wichita Republican, told the Kansas City Star.
The spending watchdog group warned that Trump's tax plan if implemented could push the gross national debt to 111 percent of GDP by 2027, higher than any time in US history. Michael Speer, a schools superintendent and business manager in Coffeyville - a town near Kansas's border with Oklahoma - says he previously voted for Brownback, but is now troubled by the changes forced on his profession. The top rate will be 5.7 percent, as opposed to 4.6 percent now. It may not come as a big surprise that the beleaguered governor is reportedly in talks with the Trump administration about a new job. The state is repealing a "march to zero" law mandating further cuts if revenues grow.
That year, Kansas residents and businesses paid $700 million less in state taxes than the previous fiscal year. Voters warming to that reform idea weren't necessarily told the plan was to adopt a large increase in personal income taxes, he said.
"Trump was supposed to upend that, but it looks like he's not going to", Cox said. But economic growth in Kansas has lagged behind national rates, and when the promised boom didn't materialize, the state was short on cash. Last year, for example, the state's GDP increased a mere 0.2 percent, compared with a growth rate of 1.6 percent nationwide.