Kansas House declines to override Brownback veto of STAR bonds bill

Gov. Sam Brownback has prevailed in keeping the Kansas Legislature from blocking a project that could lure the American Royal to Wyandotte County.

The Kansas House on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly against overriding a Brownback veto of a budget provision that would have restricted the state from using sales tax revenue bonds — STAR bonds — for new projects in Wyandotte County.

Lawmakers were upset about the project and about the lack of legislative oversight. They worried that $46 million in sales tax revenue no longer needed for the Village West STAR bonds project was being diverted to the American Royal proposal.

Legislators from Wyandotte and Johnson counties, including Democrats and Republicans, came to the defense of the American Royal proposal, pleading with lawmakers to sustain the veto.

“This isn’t just about Wyandotte County,” said House Minority Leader Tom Burroughs. “It’s about the economic progress we’ve made.”

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