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Kansas Lawmakers Tackle Efficiency Study Recommendations

Kansas Statehouse (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Kansas Statehouse (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

Kansas Lawmakers are considering a report that offers more than 100 suggestions to save the state money. It’s no small feat considering that many proposed changes. KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports on how lawmakers might tackle the list.

The recommendations range from changing how Kansas buys things like paper to only offering state employees high-deductible health insurance. The report claims the state could save up to $2 billion over five years.

It appears lawmakers may break the list into groups and then begin looking at the suggestions piece by piece. Senator Ty Masterson, chair of the budget-writing committee in the Senate, says they’ll probably end up with multiple bills.

“Pieces of legislation that can accomplish the menu, and then we can talk about what we can actually get done. It would be a process of working through it and see what may or may not work,” says Masterson.

This is the initial set of recommendations from a private firm hired to study state government spending. The final list will come later in the session.

Stephen Koranda is KPR's Statehouse reporter.