Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, commerce secretary David Toland plan recovery from COVID-19

Hosted By: Tim Carpenter - July 21, 2020


Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly and David Toland, secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce, are working to retool state government’s investment strategy to expand the economy. It’s a difficult task made more challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Kelly says Kansas is better positioned to handle the economic fallout because of actions she took early in her administration, including her veto of tax cuts.
  • As the mother of two girls, the governor says, “I’m used to a lot of backtalk and have figured out how to deal with that over the years.” Still, she is concerned the Legislature’s actions have handcuffed her ability to respond to the pandemic.
  • Toland’s agency is working on a plan to address economic growth in Kansas by focusing on talent, innovation, broadband internet access, advanced manufacturing, animal health, and logistics and distribution.


Laura Kelly

Kansas governor

Gov. Laura Kelly was sworn in as the 48th governor of Kansas in January 2019, after serving four terms in the Kansas Senate.

David Toland

Kansas commerce secretary

David Toland is a seventh-generation Kansan who has served as secretary of Kansas Department of Commerce since April 2019.

Tim Carpenter

Host, Kansas Reflector podcast

Tim Carpenter has reported on Kansas for 35 years. He covered the Capitol for 16 years at the Topeka Capital-Journal and previously worked for the Lawrence Journal-World and United Press International.