New KS governor making stops to share vision for state

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Update Thursday, Feb. 1:


Newly sworn in Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer Friday and Saturday is making appearances across Kansas to share his vision for the state.

Starting Friday (Feb. 2): Colyer will be in El Dorado from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Turner's Coffee and Donuts, 405 N. Main Street.

From 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., the governor will be at Big Cheese Pizza in Independence at 103 W. Man Street.

Colyer's final stop Friday is 2 to 2:30 p.m. at Signet Coffee Roaster in Pittsburg at 109 N. Broadway.

Saturday, Colyer's first stop is from 9:15 to 9:30 a.m. at Ad Astra Books and Coffee in Salina at 141 N. Santa Fe Avenue.

From 10:45 to 11:15 a.m., the governor will be at McPherson's Craft Coffee Parlor (120 N. Main Street).

Colyer then heads a little west to Hutchinson from noon to 12:30 pm. at Allie's Deli at 101 N. Main Street.

A western Kansas stop at Garden City's Traditions Soda and Sandwich (121 Grant Avenue) is set for 2:30 to 3 p.m., with the busy weekend slate concluding with a stop in Emporia from 5 to 5:30 p.m. at Gavel City Roasters (608 Commercial Street).


Republican Jeff Colyer has been sworn in as the new Kansas governor.

Colyer took the oath of office Wednesday in a Statehouse ceremony after former GOP Gov. Sam Brownback resigned.

Brownback stepped down to become U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. Colyer was Brownback's lieutenant governor for seven years.

The 57-year-old Colyer was the state's longest-serving lieutenant governor.

He is facing a skeptical, Republican-controlled Legislature that is deeply divided over a court mandate to increase spending on public schools.

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled in October that funding for public schools remains constitutionally inadequate. Brownback proposed phasing in a $513 million increase over five years and relying on growth in state revenues to pay for it.