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Kansas State Efficiency Study

 

In last week’s newsletter, I mentioned some of the recommendations that were made by the consulting firm that conducted the financial audit for the state of Kansas.  This week, I felt compelled to extensively explain in more detail some of those recommendations.  Also, the committee I am chairman of will most likely be reviewing, discussing, and deciding whether or not these recommendations are plausible.

The auditing firm that conducted the audit recommends that the state create a newly formed Governor’s Grants Office to enable a coordinated, prioritized, and compliance driven approach to maximizing the amount and effective use of federal funds in the state’s agency budgets and expenditures.  This newly formed office would provide the needed support to identify grant opportunities, prioritizing the state’s strategic goals, sharing best practices, and developing a compliance function to ensure proper execution of grant dollars received.

Another recommendation is that the Kansas Department of Children and Family would coordinate with the Kansas Department of Labor to take further steps to increase the number of employers self-reporting new hires so that additional Employment Withholding Orders can be established to collect court-ordered child support payments.  They have also suggested that KDCF also partner with the Kansas Department of Revenue to deny issuances or renewal of car, boat, or recreational vehicle registration until an Employment Withholding Order or child support payment is in place.

In regards to the Department of Administration, which has received the majority of the recommendations, the auditing firm suggests liquidating surplus buildings and land inventory within the state’s portfolio, which has an estimated value of $9 million.  They did indicate that the state agencies might be reluctant to sell any excess property.

As mentioned in last week’s newsletter, there are a proposed 105 recommendations that have been made by the auditing firm with a state savings of over $2 billion over the next five years.  In subsequent newsletters, there will be more discussion on the other recommendations. 

HCR 5010:  The Call of a Constitutional Convention

Many bills and resolutions that have carried over from the 2015 legislative session, one of those resolutions is House Concurrent Resolution 5010 which I have cosponsored.  HCR 5010 would serve as Kansas’ application to Congress, under the provisions of Article V of the U.S. Constitution, for the calling of a convention of states.  The convention would be limited to proposing amendments to the Constitution that impose fiscal restraints and limit the power and jurisdiction of the Federal Government.  The Convention can also limit the terms of office for members of Congress and officials.  The concurrent resolution would be a continuing application to Congress for the convention of States until two-thirds of state legislatures have made application to Congress on the same subject.  At this point, there is no indication whether or not this concurrent resolution will be debated and voted upon.  

Special Committee on K-12 Student Success

During the interim, a special committee was formed from both the House and Senate, and the Special Committee on Education was created.  I had hoped that the main focus and driver of this committee would have been a deliberation and creation of a new school finance formula, however, that did not materialize.

This week the Special Committee on Education released their report on K-12 Student Success to the Kansas Legislature.  The committee was challenged with studying the following; however, they were not just limited to these items:  the Rose Standards (a set of standards to determine student development); best funding mechanism, definition of “suitable” education; outcomes to ensure that students are well-prepared for their future endeavors; and uniform accounting across all districts. 

The special committee structured their conclusions and recommendations based on those items.  They recommend that the new school funding formula should be focused on each individual student, include accountability and reporting measures to ensure aid is being distributed according to the needs of each individual student, and to provide for a multi-year funding to provide budget stability to the state and local school districts. 

The K-12 Student Success report commissioned the Education committee to form special subcommittees to examine and report back on some of the following topics:  teacher pay; at risk funding; special education; bond and interest state aid eligibility; the cost-benefit ratio of the receipt of federal funds; the relationship between school districts and interlocals, cooperatives, and service centers; the current and future implications of school district staffing levels on KPERS; establishing the Rose capacities as the definition of “suitable” education; and investigating all extracurricular and co-curricular activities on the basis of efficiency and efficacy for a suitable education to students.

This is only a report and not pending legislation, we will see if these proposals proceed through the legislative process.

 Visitors and Contact Information

This past week I had many visitors to either my office or to Topeka.  On Tuesday, the Kansas Hospital Association had meetings in Topeka and I visited with Allen Van Driel with Smith County Memorial Hospital and Kiley Floyd with Osborne County Memorial Hospital.

I also had the pleasure of visiting with Angela Lawrence, USD 407 Superintendent, and Char Sohm, USD 407 Board Member, on Thursday afternoon.  Also on Thursday, Mendi Alexander with Nex-Tech stopped by to converse.  During the morning on Thursday, Andrew Sigle, with the Kansas Agriculture & Rural Leadership, served as a legislative shadow in the House during the morning and in the Senate during the afternoon.

If you have any concerns, feel free to contact my office at (785) 296-7672, visit www.troywaymaster.com or email me at troy.waymaster@house.ks.gov

The honor to serve you in the 109th Kansas House District and the state of Kansas is one I do not take lightly. Do not hesitate to contact me with your thoughts, concerns and questions.  I appreciate hearing from the residents of the 109th House District and others from the state of Kansas.       

Troy L. Waymaster,

State Representative

109th Kansas House

300 SW 10th

Topeka, KS  66612 



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