Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (R) delivers his "State of State" address from the Kansas State House in Topeka, Kansas.
The former U.S. senator from Kansas is expected to lay out a two-year plan for dealing with the state's budget shortfall, a result of personal income tax cuts and new business tax exemptions that took effect in January. He will likely promote the opportunities for recouping lost revenue through job growth and expanding businesses in the private sector.
Gov. Brownback will also likely discuss state efforts to monitor the impact of a severe, three-year drought in the state. He recently commended the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) for "taking swift action" to make low-interest emergency loans available to farmers in 104 counties newly declared as federal disaster areas.
Kansas' 46th governor is also expected to discuss reforms in the state's Medicaid and mental health programs.