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Brownback will veto personal income tax bill…and other headlines: February 22, 2017

andy lambertFebruary 22, 2017
Governor Sam Brownback says he will veto a bipartisan bill to roll back personal income tax cuts he’s championed in a bid to balance the state budget. The governor announced his intention yesterday _ four days after the Republican-controlled Legislature approved the bill. The tax increases in the proposal were expected to raise more than $1 billion over two years starting in July.
The KHP is out with details on a weekend car chase that stretched from near WaKeeney to Brewster. The driver was clocked at 140 miles an hour at times, with the chase weaving on and off I-70 through Grainfield, Oakley, and Colby. The car lost a wheel near Brewster and the driver rolled the vehicle several times on I-70. He was flown to Denver for treatment and faces charges. A woman in the car with him wasn’t as badly hurt and won’t be charged.
Kansas legislators overwhelmingly reject an effort to double most of the state’s limits on contributions to candidates and political parties. The House voted against giving a bill raising contribution limits first-round approval. A Kansas GOP leader argues the change would divert donor dollars from so-called independent, dark money groups. But critics in both parties dispute that claim.
The Kansas House takes a step to restore teacher tenure after removing it in 2014. The House passed the measure after Prairie Village Democratic Assemblyman Jerry Stogsdill attached it as an amendment to a bill dealing with arbitration.
A child custody fight in Geary County leads to kidnapping charges against 3 people from Indiana. One of them is the child’s mom but doesn’t have custody, and after a scheduled visit tried to take the baby. Two of the three adults also face aggravated battery charges.

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