Kansas Governor Colyer: 'I’m not interested in the bickering' - KCTV5 News

Kansas Governor Colyer: 'I’m not interested in the bickering'

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Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer said he has already met with leadership from both parties, but that the path forward for Kansas isn’t clearly defined. 

“We have some challenges,” he said. “We’re going to deal with those challenges. I’m not interested in the bickering. I’m interested in where we’re going.”

On his first full day in office, Colyer was on a listening tour of lawmakers’ needs and wants.

“The big topic was, ‘How do we move forward?’” he said.

Colyer said it will take time to come up with a concrete answer.

Don’t forget, Colyer is still running for the office he now holds. He said he is going to keep listening, but that he is also determined to turn the atmosphere in Kansas politics around.

“I think they will see hope and optimism,” he said.

The governor said the tone he’s trying to set and policy decisions are both equally important.

“They go hand in hand," he said. "I think if you start with an optimistic tone and if you’re really looking after people’s best interest, then the politics get easy.” 

He said to expect more concrete policy during his joint address next week.

“I want them to know that they can trust me to listen to them and I am going to act on their behalf," he said, with regard to Kansans. "I’m going to choose the optimistic route.” 

He also wanted people worried about healthcare to know something. "My great hope is that, the more people who can get private insurance, as long-term and stable. That’s the goal we should be after."

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