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Gov. Mark Parkinson's State of the State speech

Following is a prepared copy of Gov. Mark Parkinson’s State of the State speech delivered Monday night.

The complete text of Governor Mark Parkinson's State of the State Address, 'Protecting What We Have, Building for the Future,' as prepared for delivery, is as follows:

'Protecting What We Have, Building for the Future'

"Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, Minority Leaders Hensley and Davis, Mister Chief Justice, legislators, justices, cabinet officers, elected officials, honored guests and my fellow Kansans:

"For almost 150 years, 45 governors have had the honor to report to this body on the state of the state of Kansas. Throughout those 150 years, we have been through many crises. We have gone through booms and busts, two World Wars and faced countless natural disasters. Despite those challenges, every governor for almost 150 years declared that the state of our state was strong.

"They understood that we do not measure the state of our state by the crisis of the day. The true measure of a state is the quality and character of the people living in it. Are they willing to pull together, stare down challenges and provide a helping hand to those in need?

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