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.
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