The new speaker of the Kansas House of Representatives, Republican Ron Ryckman, says lawmakers should work together to craft solutions and carry on the state’s tradition of small government. He made those remarks as he officially took over the job Monday.
There are more Democrats and moderate-leaning Republicans in the House than last year, and Ryckman says the factions should try to reach agreement.
“I believe our priorities and goals can be met this session, but only if we check our political agendas and work towards the collective goal of supporting the best outcome possible for our beloved state,” says Ryckman.
The top Democrat in the House, Jim Ward, echoed that sentiment and says lawmakers will have their hands full as they tackle a budget deficit and write a new school funding formula.
“The task before us is difficult and many are losing faith. We have a state to restore to prosperity and it will take the dedication of each and every one of us to get it done,” says Ward.
Some early work has already begun, with the House tax committee meeting this (MON) afternoon. Governor Sam Brownback will outline his priorities starting with his State of the State address Tuesday.
KPR will carry the speech live at 5:00 on Tuesday.