Archive for Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Sebelius lays out priorities for second term

Says health care will be ‘on the table’

November 8, 2006

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Kathleen Sebelius and running mate Mark Parkinson celebrate their victory. They defeated Republican challengers Jim Barnett and Susan Wagle 58 percent to 41 percent.

Kathleen Sebelius and running mate Mark Parkinson celebrate their victory. They defeated Republican challengers Jim Barnett and Susan Wagle 58 percent to 41 percent.

— Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today said health care, education and the economy will take top priority during her second term.

Sebelius, a Democrat, who defeated Republican Jim Barnett, also said the Democrats made gains in Kansas and nationally by talking about issues important to voters.

"It's important not to be red and blue states any longer, but really focus on issues that connect with citizens across this country," she said.

During her news conference, Sebelius also said she would not increase taxes, and planned to fulfill her four-year term.

On health care, Sebelius said, "I am very anxious to put that right back on the table."

Sebelius said through cost-cutting and improved technology, the state can expand affordability.

"There are ways we can use our resources more strategically and effectively," she said.

On public school education, Sebelius said she will seek to increase early childhood education and all-day kindergarten.

She also said she wants to work on higher education "which has kind of been a little bit on the backburner while we focused on K-12.

"It's clear that Kansas kids need postsecondary degrees. We need to make it easier for kids to attend college, we need to look at vocational education."

On the economy, Sebelius said rural development, alternative energy and management of water resources will be key.

On the national level, she said voters were disastisfied with Congress while supporting what was happening in state government.

"Voters really made some very specific choices about what was happening at the state or local level and what was happening nationally," she said.

Comments

BigDog 8 years, 8 months ago

I support some of the governor's focus at least conceptually, I just wish I knew how she was going to pay for these initiatives...... unless I missed something early education, all-day kindergarten, universities and health care is going to cost a lager sum of money. I like the idea of focusing on the economy of the state also.

I am not trashing her ideas but I am not also blindly following them either without ways for paying for them (because she said NO tax increases).

WilburM 8 years, 8 months ago

In part, new programs could be tied, directly or not, to gambling revenues. If gambling can be tied to popular initiatives, it might bring various factions together to get to 21 votes in Senate, 63 in House.

Godot 8 years, 8 months ago

No mention of the biggest funding problem Kansas faces: Medicaid.

BigDog 8 years, 8 months ago

Godot - I agree with you there ..... between Medicaid and education you have about 80-90% of the entire state budget.

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