State Senate approves bipartisan income tax hike

The governor is expected to veto the bill

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -
UPDATE:  The Kansas Senate has voted to approve a bipartisan bill for tax increases to raise over $1 billion over two years to balance the state budget.  The vote Friday morning was 22 to 18.  The bill now goes to Governor Brownback, who could veto it or allow it to become law without his signature. 
 
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The bill would roll back key policies championed by the governor.  
 
The Republican-controlled House passed the bill Thursday. 
 
Brownback has strongly criticized the measure but has stopped short of saying outright that he would veto it. Supporters in the House fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto. 
 
Kansas has struggled to balance its budget since GOP lawmakers slashed income taxes in 2012 and 2013 at Brownback's urging. 
 
The bill would raise rates and end an exemption for farmers and business owners. 
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