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January 12, 2022

 

 WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: GOVERNOR KELLY’S FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE, BIPARTISAN APPROACH PUTS KANSANS FIRST

KCTV: “A rebate on your state income taxes. A freeze in college tuition. No more sales tax on food. Tuesday night, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly touted a budget surplus and big plans to pass along the savings”

Topeka, KS — Last night, Governor Laura Kelly gave her fourth State of the State address reflecting on the success Kansas has achieved under her leadership and laid out the path forward for Kansans. The Governor highlighted her administration’s work to fix the state budget, create record economic growth and new jobs, and fully fund public schools for the fourth year in a row, after a decade of neglect and mismanagement under the Brownback administration.

 

 

Hear what others are saying about Governor Kelly’s address:

  • Kansas Reflector: Kansas governor asks for simple food tax relief, resilience in State of the State speech
    “Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Tuesday used her annual State of the State address to propose eliminating the sales tax on food with a simple 13-word phrase, freezing college tuition rates, investing in law enforcement, and funding a state water plan abandoned by previous administrations.”
  • Kansas City Star: KS Gov. Laura Kelly sets stage for 2022 re-election campaign in state of the state
    “Kelly cast herself as a bipartisan, listing a series of policies she’d signed with support from Republicans and Democrats, including a transportation infrastructure plan in 2020. She highlighted work with President Trump and former Sen. Pat Roberts to keep meatpacking plants open at the onset of the pandemic.” 
  • KCUR: Kansas Gov. Kelly tells lawmakers to freeze college tuition and end the sales tax on food
    “Gov. Laura Kelly delivered a State of the State speech Tuesday that called for cutting sales taxes on groceries, freezing public university tuition and eliminating partisan squabbling.” “Kelly laid out a series of spending proposals, which are made possible because the state’s reserves could grow to $3 billion by the end of the budget year. She promised money to the state’s withering water plan and an end to transfers from the Kansas highway fund that’s been used to help pay for general state operations for years. The governor also promised more money for law enforcement and raises for members of the Kansas Highway Patrol.”
  • KCTV: Governor Kelly touts budget surplus in 2022 State of the State Address
    “A rebate on your state income taxes. A freeze in college tuition. No more sales tax on food. Tuesday night, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly touted a budget surplus and big plans to pass along the savings.” 
  • Associated Press: Kansas governor seeks tuition freeze, calls state healthier
    “Gov. Laura Kelly called Tuesday for another freeze in tuition at Kansas colleges in a State of the State address that portrayed the state as booming economically and previewed what are likely to be major themes in her reelection campaign….Kelly suggested that the state’s improved finances and the coronavirus pandemic warranted a tuition freeze at state colleges.” 

    “With no tax cuts or huge surge in state spending this year, Kansas would be on track to end June 2023 with roughly $3.9 billion in cash reserves.” 

  • KVOE: Governor says ‘fiscal sanity’ leads to plans to rebate taxpayers, end food sales tax, freeze college tuition“Citing her approach of ‘fiscal sanity’ during her first three years in office, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly outlined several policy goals she says are a direct result of prudent budget management as part of her State of the State address Tuesday night. With the state holding its largest budget surplus in 40 years — currently $2 billion, with a chance to add another billion by the end of the current session — the governor reiterated plans to rebate taxpayers $250 as well as eliminate the food sales tax.” 

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