KANSAN TO KANSAN NEWSLETTER
The First 100 Days
Since Inauguration Day on January 14, my administration has been hard at work rebuilding Kansas.
In January, I presented a balanced, commonsense budget to the Kansas Legislature nearly three weeks ahead of schedule; a budget that paid down debt, invested in key priorities like schools, highways and Medicaid expansion, and left the state with the largest ending balance in twenty years – all without a tax increase.
And as promised, I put together a diverse, dynamic and bipartisan cabinet. It was my priority to bring together the best and the brightest our state has to offer to help rebuild Kansas. They are highly qualified individuals, and they’ve already made huge strides in their agencies on behalf of Kansas families.
We traveled across the state hosting multiple town hall discussions. In total, over 15,000 Kansans attended these town halls in-person or online via Facebook live. It’s important we continue to visit communities across the state to speak directly Kansan to Kansan.
In our continued commitment to transparency, we’ve instituted new accountability measures in our child welfare system and new standards to eliminate or reduce no-bid contracts. It’s critical that all Kansans can access information about their government.
We’ve made significant progress on many of the challenges facing our state, but we have much more to do. Together, we can rebuild our state and ensure our future is bright.
Below are some additional accomplishments I’d like to highlight. I hope you’ll continue to stay informed and get involved.
Governor of Kansas
100 days rebuilding Kansas
On her first full day in office, Governor Kelly signed Executive Order 19-02, reinstating protections to state employees who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
Governor Kelly submitted a balanced budget to the Kansas Legislature nearly three weeks ahead of schedule; a budget that paid down debt, invested in key priorities like schools, highways and Medicaid expansion, and left the state with the largest ending balance in twenty years – all without a tax increase.
Governor Kelly introduced a bipartisan plan to expand Medicaid on Kansas Day.
Governor Kelly joined Secretary of Transportation Julie Lorenz in announcing plans to invest $160 million in Kansas’ transportation system, as part of the Governor’s FY 2020 budget. This included four new projects from the T-Works program.
Lt. Governor Lynn Rogers launched the Rural Healthcare Tour, as part of the Office of Rural Prosperity. As of today, he has visited seventeen communities across Kansas: Emporia, Marysville, Garden City, Hutchinson, McPherson, Dodge City, Hays, Russell, Ottawa, El Dorado, Council Grove, Goodland, Abilene, Leavenworth, Junction City, Chanute and Pittsburg.
Governor Kelly announced new transparency initiatives at the Department for Children and Families, designed to improve the agency’s efforts to locate children who are absent or have run away.
Governor Kelly signed Senate Bill 9 which repaid $115 million in debt to our state retirement system.
Governor Kelly squarely established herself as the ‘education governor’ by signing a bipartisan school funding plan into law. The education plan, if approved by the Kansas Supreme Court, could bring an end to decades of legislative debates and legal challenges surrounding education funding. This followed the signing of Executive Order 19-03 in January, establishing the Governor’s Council on Education and the restoration of the previous administration’s cuts to the Children’s Initiatives Fund.
Governor Kelly hosted four town hall discussions during the 2019 legislative session. In total, over 15,000 Kansans attended these town halls in-person or online via Facebook live.
Governor Kelly signed Executive Order 19-07, establishing the Kansas Complete Count Committee, in support of a statewide strategy that ensures every Kansan is counted in the upcoming census. The data collected in the census will inform how the federal government distributes much-need funding for Kansas roads, schools, hospitals, emergency services and much more.
As of this day, Governor Kelly has signed over 100 proclamations and her constituent services team has opened nearly 2,000 cases on behalf of hardworking Kansans. Of those opened cases, 1,800 have been closed.
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