Kansas Governor Laura Kelly Veto’s Tax Reform Bill

On Friday, May 17, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly vetoed a tax relief bill known as House Bill 2033.  The veto was not a surprise as she had promised that would be what she would do.  In a press release, the Governor said that she had a long record of supporting responsible, commonsense tax policy. However, she said,

“Unfortunately, that is not what House Bill 2033 represents. It will decimate the state’s ability to pay our bills and invest in our people. Just as Kansas begins to stabilize after years of senseless fiscal crisis, House Bill 2033 will create a $1 billion deficit within three years.”

Governor Laura Kelly
Governor Laura Kelly

She further stated that one of her top priorities, as Governor was to lower Kansas’ unacceptably high tax on food. We must first provide relief for those who need it most and then ultimately for all Kansans. We need stability so our tax code can offer certainty to businesses and families. “This,” she said, “all must go hand-in-hand with rebuilding our state’s rainy-day fund so we can weather economic downturns without putting our schools and children at risk. Kansas is also long overdue for a thorough, nonpartisan study of how we can ensure our tax code is fair and truly incentivizes economic growth – in urban and rural communities alike. Our state has not conducted such a study since 1995.”

Her press statement continued by saying,

“Kansans deserve a plan. Successful tax reform must be shaped by a thoughtful, big-picture vision – not by a rushed attempt to achieve an immediate political victory. To that end, my administration recently began outlining a plan to help build this vision, which I look forward to sharing in the weeks to come.”

“Pro-business, pro-growth, pro-family tax policy can absolutely reshape Kansas for the better, but only if it fixes the failures of the past, not repeats them. I was elected to rebuild our state; House Bill 2033 is not the way to do it.”

Concluding her statement, she said,

Therefore, under Article 2, Section 14(a) of the Kansas Constitution, I hereby veto House Bill 2033.


Following Governor Kelly’s veto of HB 2033, the tax bill that would ensure Kansans keep more of their hard-earned money, Americans for Prosperity-Kansas State Director Jeff Glendening released a response saying,

“Kansas families deserve to keep more of their hard-earned money. This bill would save taxpayers millions by reversing the unintended state-level tax bump for folks who saw tax relief from federal tax reform. Now Kansans are facing a tax hike on top of an already heavy tax burden. We urge lawmakers to override this veto.”