Kansas governor seeks tuition freeze, calls state healthier

Gov. Laura Kelly used her State of the State address to push for another freeze on tuition at Kansas colleges and said the state is booming economically.

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January 12, 2022 - 9:24 AM

Gov. Laura Kelly shakes hands with Ron Rykman, Speaker of the House, before she delivers her annual State of the State address Tuesday. Photo by (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly called Tuesday for another freeze in tuition at Kansas colleges in a State of the State address that portrayed the state as booming economically and previewed what are likely to be major themes in her reelection campaign.

The Democratic governor didn’t provide details about her college tuition proposal in the annual address, saying only that it is part of the proposed state budget that her administration will outline today. Kelly already is pushing to eliminate the state’s sales tax on groceries and give a $250 rebate to every Kansas resident who filed a state income tax return last year.

Her proposals on taxes and college tuition come ahead of a tough reelection race with three-term state Attorney General Derek Schmidt as the presumed Republican nominee. Kelly will need support from moderate GOP and independent voters to win another four-year term in her Republican-leaning state, and she’s been making moves to appeal to them that include opposing federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates from Democratic President Joe Biden.

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