Gov. Laura Kelly is entering the fourth year of her governorship of Kansas, and faces a reelection challenge in 2022. The Democrat vowed, when sworn into office after the 2018 election, to stabilize the state government’s budget, bring coherence to K-12 public school funding, restore credibility to the state’s transportation program after years of broken promises and to get a grip on the troubled foster care system.
Since early 2020 she’s been absorbed by the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed 6,900 Kansans, with more than 4,000 of those fatalities occurring in 2021.
On this Reflector Podcast episode, Tim Carpenter sits down with Kelly in her office at the Capitol to talk about her work as the state’s chief executive and her thoughts entering the 2022 legislative session.