Governor Sebelius addressed Kansas lawmakers in the newly redecorated House Chamber Monday night. She asked them to join her in supporting all-day kindergarten programs statewide for the 2009 school year. Sebelius says she's committed to increasing spending on schools by $123 million for the current school year. That's the amount lawmakers promised nearly two years ago, when they passed their multi-year school finance plan. Her proposals went on to include an additional $3 million for university scholarships.
Sebelius also called for Kansas to cut its greenhouse gas emissions. She told them the state need to draft a comprehensive plan dealing with climate change.. but didn't offer any specifics. She called for energy conservation measures, biofuels and a stronger commitment to wind energy. House Speaker Melvin Neufeld says Kansas needs an energ plan. but must consider the state's growing need for electricity.
Neufeld, in his Republican response, told the statewide audience watching on Kansas Public Television that his party will continue making progress on legislative items following fiscal responsibility.. The Ingalls Republican said the state should not spend more than it can take in, without new tax increases.