Emma O’Brien
November 23, 2021 


Topeka, KS — The Kansas City Star Editorial Board outlined the many reasons Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has earned a higher approval rating than her colleague across the border, Missouri Governor Mike Parson. Included in their rationale is Governor Kelly’s expert management of the state’s budget, fully funding public education, and her latest call to “Axe the Food Tax,” an effort that would eliminate the state’s high food sales tax, saving Kansas families an estimated $500 per year.

Key quotes from the Kansas City Star:

  • “By general agreement and election results, Missouri and Kansas are Republican states. So it’s interesting that a recent poll shows Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly is more popular in Kansas than Republican Gov. Mike Parson is in Missouri. Why would that be? Is it because running a state rationally still appeals to voters?” 
  • “Five years ago, former Gov. Sam Brownback was the most unpopular governor in America. (In July of 2016, Brownback’s favorable rating was 15%.) The Republican’s tax cut experiment had decimated the state’s budget, touching off a round of borrowing and spending cuts that infuriated many Kansans. Those days are gone. The state’s healthy budget picture may be the single most important achievement of Kelly’s first term.” 
  • “​​Kansas has a projected budget surplus of $2.9 billion, an unthinkable prospect during the Brownback years. School funding seems assured, old debts are being paid off early, and lawmakers can now consider eliminating the state’s sales tax on food.”
  • “…after the chaos of the Brownback years, though, Kansans seem to be responding to the governor’s steady path. They may also see Kelly as a check on the absurdities of some Republicans in the legislature. Topeka’s Cuckoo Caucus has many members.” 
  • “The 2022 governor’s race in Kansas will be close, and bitter. But the incumbent starts from a position of strength because she has navigated through a pandemic with a steady hand, quite unlike her colleague to the east.” 

Read more from the Kansas City Star here.