The Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee's refusal last week to introduce Gov. Mark Parkinson's proposal to raise the sales tax and tobacco tax stunned many lawmakers and Statehouse observers. "It was the first time in more than 30 years of watching the Legislature that this reporter recalls a governor's budget bill not being introduced, either as a courtesy to the governor or just by nodded consent of members of a committee," Martin Hawver wrote in his Hawver's Capitol Report. Committee Chairman Les Donovan, R-Wichita, was "a little bit taken aback" that there weren't enough votes to introduce the bill, but he said the reason for the rebuff was that committee members "weren't ready to discuss" the proposal.Hawver thinks lawmakers were afraid of being linked to the legislation. "Nobody wanted his or her motion to make the routine introduction to show up on committee minutes — probably winning the moniker as an 'enabler' by some conservatives." And that includes Democrats on the committee. "They didn't show much testosterone, either, in support of the bill introduced by the governor, who is a member of their party."