Kansas Governor-elect Laura Kelly has big plans for 2019. She hopes to tackle Medicaid expansion and fully fund the state’s education system.
Kelly says the foster care system in Kansas is in dire need of help. She wants to give them resources and better oversight.
“We’ve had kids missing, we’ve had kids sleeping in offices or doing a series of one night stands. We’ve had some kids die in placement.”
Kelly also wants to focus on Medicaid expansion. She is looking at Louisiana’s current plan as a blueprint for her proposal.
After two years, the governor says Louisiana had more than $300 million dollars in savings and created 19,000 new jobs.
The last major area Kelly wants to focus on in the coming years is paying for schools.
She hopes to add $90 million dollars to the education budget.
“We think it’s about that much that would help us account for inflation, so yeah, I support fully funding.”
Navigating lawmakers to find money to pay for everything will be the big challenge.