TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas Democrat leaders say their party's lawmakers won't be pushed by potential budget problems into backing Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to cancel a scheduled decrease in the state sales tax.
Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka and House Minority Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence also said Friday that Democrats won't support further income tax cuts.
The Republican governor wants to follow last year's personal income tax reductions with additional cuts. But the state must stabilize its budget. Brownback wants to keep the sales tax at 6.3 percent rather than letting it drop to 5.7 percent as planned in July.
Hensley and Davis say both ideas are unacceptable. Brownback spokeswoman Sherriene Jones-Sontag said the state benefits most if all lawmakers are actively involved in setting tax policy.