Brownback won’t get much help from Democrats

Democratic leaders in Topeka aren’t eager to help bail out Gov. Sam Brownback, who is calling on lawmakers to make permanent the state’s temporary sales-tax increase in order to help fill the budget shortfall created by the income-tax cuts he signed last year. House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, said that he and others aren’t interested in “putting a lot of lipstick on a pig.” Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, refuses to be put in a box of choosing between breaking a promise on sales taxes or making more budget cuts. “My conscience is clear,” he said.