In her first news conference as Kansas governor-elect, Laura Kelly, the longtime Democratic lawmaker moved briskly through the top items on her do-list: Restore LGBT protections for state employees, expand Medicaid to the uninsured and improve public schools.
But Kelly was also careful not to overpromise. In fact, in one brief statement, she said four different ways that repairing the damage done by deep tax cuts during Sam Brownbacks years as governor will be difficult and will not happen quickly.
Building a diverse bipartisan team, she said, will take some time and a lot of hard work. Backfilling the crater created under Brownback will be a long, challenging process. So as not to leave any doubt, she added that the rebuilding process wont be easy. And, we all know we have a very long, challenging road ahead of us.