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Kansas Lawmakers Pursuing Government Efficiency Study

Photo by Stephen Koranda
Photo by Stephen Koranda

Kansas lawmakers have begun drawing up a proposal to study state government efficiency. The state is preparing to hire a firm to evaluate how Kansas spends money. Lawmakers included $3 million in the budget to pay for the study. Republican Representative Ron Ryckman is leading a group drawing up the contract documents. They're hoping an outside firm could scour state government in a way lawmakers can’t. “Most of the time, when you have a fresh set of eyes look at things they can look at it from another lens, another angle, and fresh ideas come of that. We’re not all efficiency experts, we’re not all process experts, but we can hire that out and that’s what we’re doing here today,” says Ryckman. The plan is to send out requests for proposals this month. Lawmakers could pick a company to conduct the study in October. The initial report would be due in January with a final efficiency report unveiled in April. Lawmakers will consider the recommendations as they write a new two-year budget in 2017.

Stephen Koranda is KPR's Statehouse reporter.