Hensley: Gov. 'in denial' about fiscal policies

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate's top Democrat says Republican Gov. Sam Brownback remains "in denial" about the damage his fiscal policies have done to families and communities.

Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka described Brownback's economic policies Tuesday evening as "debilitating."

Hensley was giving the official Democratic response to the governor's annual State of the State address.

Brownback defended an income tax break enacted in 2012 that benefits more than 330,000 farmers and business owners as a pro-growth policy. Even some Republican legislators want to repeal it to help close the state's budget shortfalls.

Hensley called for reversing that policy and other personal income tax cuts enacted by Republican legislators in 2012 and 2013 at Brownback's urging to stimulate the economy. The state has struggled to balance its budget since.