There werenâ€™t any big surprises in Gov. Kathleen Sebeliusâ€™ State of the State address tonight. She emphasized education (all-day kindergarten and other early learning opportunities), health care (passage of the Kansas Health Policy Authorityâ€™s proposal) and energy (wind, alternative fuels and conservation). She will release her budget tomorrow, which will show how much her initiatives would cost and how she intends to pay for them.
The GOP response, delivered by House Speaker Melvin Neufeld, R-Ingalls, focused on several of the same issues but placed more emphasis on curbing state spending, cutting taxes and a balance energy portfolio (Holcomb power plant). Neufeld also called for stronger enforcement of immigration laws that deny public benefits to illegal aliens.
It wasnâ€™t must-see TV.