Second terms are often difficult and contentious for Kansas governors. Bill Graves’ second term was filled with higher taxes, a record long legislative session and imbroglio oversoaring state spending, and a weakened Kansas economy in his last year, 2002.
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A few excerpts from Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius's inaugural address from January 2007:
Yet our opportunities will be limited only if we fail to come together around a shared vision for our state. Only a failure to act as "One Kansas" can compromise our future and dash our hopes.
It's the people who “give” tax money to the government, not the government who “gives” it back to the people in the form of tax cuts. If the government cuts taxes, the government gives us nothing. It simply takes less of what is ours in the first place.
Soaring spending has not been spent evenly. The six Regents universities in Kansas initially asked for $727 million to fix deeply neglected buildings at these campuses. Governor Sebelius has performed a valuable service by responding that the Kansas Turnpike have higher tolls to fund this spending.
The gubernatorial race in Kansas is generating fewer negative ads statewide than a single Wichita area race for the Kansas House of Representatives. If this crude barometer of political sentiment is correct, Kathleen Sebelius will easily be reelected governor November 7.
According to "Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors: 2006" recently released by The Cato Institute, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius earns a grade of "D."
A recent television advertisement by Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius touts "… nearly 2.5 years of positive job growth." The viewer is, by my estimation, supposed to credit the governor for this growth.
But a look behind the scenes reveals a situation that only a politician could take pride in. Our governor must be hoping that people won't take a moment to examine the reality.
The conventional wisdom is that this gubernatorial race was going to be a snoozer with Sebelius’ huge fund raising advantage but a number of minor events, none hugely significant by themselves, indicates that the Sebelius reelection campaign has some problems. A decline in poll numbers according to a Rasmussen poll in late August had Sebelius with only a 48-to-37 percent lead over Barnett.