Kansas is a great state.
Over the last decade Kansans saw declining population and job loss. Before being elected Governor in 2011, over 100,000 Kansans were out of work. Kansas is moving down the path towards growth.
Kansas faces great challenges, but we have and will continue to work together to face and overcome these challenges as generations of Kansans have done before us. The hope and promise of Kansas is not lost so long as we firmly believe in opportunity, accountability, and responsibility.
Our administration is focused on growing the Kansas economy, reforming state government, excelling in education, and protecting Kansas families. These goals are laid out in our Road Map for Kansas. This is our commitment, our resolve, and our promise.
National and global forces of which we have little control have certainly come to bear in Kansas during the past three years and they will continue to make an impact during the next decade. We will no longer stand idly by as national events overtake us. Kansas must have goals and focus to lead us through these difficult times. In the spirit of accountability and responsibility, we have committed to the following Kansas Report Card:
- Increase in net personal income. 1 (See footnotes.)
- Increase in private sector employment. 2
- Increase in the percentage of 4th graders reading at grade level. 3
- Increase in the percentage of high school graduates who are college or career ready. 4
- Decrease in the percentage of Kansas’ children who live in poverty. 5
While there are many perspectives about what areas of public policy are most important to the future of our great state, it is our belief that these five specific points of focus are of the most critical importance. These five points will have the greatest influence on growing the economy, reforming state government, enhancing our children’s educational experiences, and protecting the well-being of Kansas families.
We have enjoyed working with Kansans throughout the state to make our state the best place in the country to live, work, and raise a family, but there is still work left to be done. Please join us in our effort to continue to make Kansas great.
- This metric will be measured according to statistics made publicly available by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis on disposable per-capita personal income.
- This metric will be measured according to statistics made publicly available by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on private sector non-farm jobs.
- This metric will be measured according to National Assessment of Educational Progress 4th grade reading scores.
- While no organization currently measures these statistics nationally, we will work with the Kansas Department of Education to craft a transparent and understandable metric.
- This metric will be measured according to the percentage of Kansas children living in poverty as provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.