Kansas governor experiencing a rocky start

February 20, 2019 - 8:48 pm

 Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's election is credited by some to have created a national buzz about a possible shift to the left in state politics.

But many Republicans remain unimpressed and feel little pressure to take up her big initiatives.

Many lawmakers in the Legislature have yet to hold committee hearings on her plan to expand the state's Medicaid health coverage for the needy.

They have ignored her call to approve an increase in public school funding by the end of this month. Meanwhile, top Republicans are pursuing a tax relief bill she considers fiscally reckless.

Many legislators treat Kelly's victory as a fluke. She won with 48% of the vote and her political strength was concentrated in relatively few left leaning counties.

Conservative Republican state Rep. Brenda Landwehr of Wichita said: "She wasn't given a mandate."

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