TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Dr. Jeff Colyer has finished his first full day as Governor of Kansas. On Thursday, he gave a little more insight into his plans for his tenure. He says he will layout his legislative agenda over the next week.
“The first thing we do is, we listen. We get data. We work with people. We collaborate. We serve,” said the republican Governor.
Colyer has already begun the process of collaboration. He met with top democratic officials Thursday morning.
“You talk to your neighbors. You talk to people you may not always agree with them, but you’re going to talk to them. And when we have a problem, if the fence is down, you may not agree with your neighbor and you’re going to say ‘I’ll take the right fence, you take the fence, and we’ll deal with this,’” he said.
The new governor still is not saying much about his policy proposals. He plans to reveal those next week in a joint address to the House and Senate.
A couple of key points he did share, “We included some money for scholarships so that out service men and women who are deployed overseas, that they can get their education here in Kansas, and stay in Kansas.”
“We need to grow our economy and we need to make sure our work force is moving up,” he continued.
“I’m pretty straight forward. I’m pro-second amendment,” he said with conviction.
But one of the biggest questions is, who will serve as the next Lt. Governor?
“Ah. The $64-million dollar question,” he said as he smiles. “Sorry. I won’t tell you today, but we have some people in mind. We’re finishing that process and I expect to make an announcement in the near future.”
Some of the lighter questions included if he will be staying at Cedar Crest mansion, and he and his wife will be residing there, but also maintain a home in Kansas City. He will also continue to practice medicine a couple hours a week to maintain his patient base.
The Governor also told 13 NEWS he and his wife will stay at the Cedar Crest Mansion in Topeka, but will also keep a home in Kansas City.
He will also continue to practice medicine a couple hours a week to maintain his patient base.