KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer talked to Johnson County Republicans about the state of the state at an Elephant Club lunch.
Along with Gov. Sam Brownback, Colyer is working to make government smaller, while adding private sector jobs.
Colyer spoke on the education front, too.
"I think the two really strong ones are reading at an early age and being college and career ready when you've completed a Kansas education," he said.
His education plan includes $12 million for programs to help struggling readers. It also includes new reading requirements for third graders before they are promoted to the fourth grade.
Editor's note: 41 Action News previously reported in this story that Colver and Brownback were planning to eliminate many corporate taxes, but media representatives for Brownback's office say his proposal does not include the elimination or reduction of corporate taxes.
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