Sam Brownback

Kansas tax hike hailed as fix doesn't quite balance budget

The big income tax increase Kansas legislators enacted over Gov. Sam Brownback's veto won't balance the budget by itself, despite immediately boosting the state's credit outlook.

Even though the reversal of most of Brownback's income tax cuts will inject $1.2 billion in new revenue through June 2019, lawmakers will have to continue relying on some of the same fiscal patches they've employed in recent years to keep the books balanced as state law requires.

"It's going to take years to dig out of the hole," said Sen. Laura Kelly, a Topeka Democrat who helped negotiate the final version of this year's budget legislation.

Part of the reason for the ongoing...