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The new year brings new leadership in Kansas, but many of the same nagging issues will bedevil the state. In significant ways, state government’s situation has improved from a year ago. Kansas has more people working and has stabilized its finances. But pressure to increase spending substantially has already started, and it will grow once the Legislature begins its 2019 work. Here are some of the top issues and their accompanying sticking points...
The same electorate that chose Kansas' incoming Democratic governor also voted to keep the Legislature in Republican hands, setting up political fights over proposals seen as expanding state government's footprint. Gov.-elect Laura Kelly uses words like "decimated" to describe what's happened to state government over the past decade and will be looking to add staff, boost spending and rethink contracts that outsourced jobs to private companies. She promised during her campaign not to increase taxes; she is not backing off that pledge, and GOP leaders have said they intend to hold her to i...
Kansas Gov.-elect Laura Kelly is already hard at work on the budget she will present to legislators in January. "We will fully fund our schools. We will work to expand Medicaid, and we will address the life and death issues in our foster care system," she said in a sit-down interview Monday inside the Kansas Statehouse. They're no longer campaign promises but plans for the governor-elect as she and her transition team get ready to take office January 14.
Kansas' new Democratic governor promised not to raise taxes to meet her goals of boosting spending on public schools and social services. Republicans who control the Legislature argue that a tax increase is coming even if state politicians do nothing. One of the first big political fights Gov.-elect Laura Kelly faces upon taking office in January will be over cutting income taxes. The state is receiving a revenue windfall thanks to changes in the federal tax code at the end of 2017.
Gina Meier-Hummel, hired by Gov. Jeff Colyer to overhaul the Kansas Department for Children and Families, said broadening the number of organizations involved in the state’s foster care system and centralizing all child-placement decisions would bring fresh accountability to a flawed process. “We have tried to listen and create the best child welfare system in Kansas. I truly believe that’s what you’re going to receive,” Meier-Hummel said.