Lawmakers have received the final version of an efficiency study of state government. The state paid nearly $3 million for the study, which includes 100 recommendations that the study's authors say could save Kansas $2 billion over five years.
Republican Representative Ron Ryckman says committees will now hold hearings on the recommendations.
“We can hear the initial responses from our stakeholders. We’ll have some of the reports come back to us and we’ll sort out the ones –at least on the House side– that we think are practical and the ones that aren’t,” says Ryckman.
The recommendations range from centralizing purchasing to limiting state employees' health insurance options to high-deductible plans. The study also suggests consolidating school district employee benefits into a single pool and reducing the amount of money school districts are allowed to keep in reserve.