Newsletter - February 10, 2018
Saturday the Liberal Chamber hosted a legislative forum with me and Senator Estes. Thank you to everyone that attended. It’s great to see everyone and get your input.
Seward County Treasurer, Kitty Romine, and other County Treasurers from across the state were at the Capitol this week. They gave a great presentation in my Transportation Committee of their challenges and also some suggestions on how we can help them provide better service to you.
Sally Fuller, with Liberal Convention and Tourism, visited with Southwest Kansas Legislators about ways to increase Tourism in Southwest Kansas. A new concept from the Kansas Sampler Foundation is “The Big Road Trip”. The first will take place in Barber, Comanche and Kiowa Counties May 3-6, 2018. Sally is already thinking through ways to get Liberal in a future event. Talk to her about this unique way to see the wonders of Kansas.
Sarah Arriaga, currently a sophomore at Washburn majoring in Marketing and Finance stopped by to talk about issues in Higher Ed. Sarah is a Liberal High School Graduate and serves in Washburn’s Student Government. Visiting with our future leaders is one of my favorite responsibilities in the legislature.
Lori Hensley and Maribel Vega with LARCDV stopped by to visit about trends in domestic violence in our community.
Governor Colyer's Joint Address
On Wednesday, Governor Colyer addressed a joint session of the House and Senate. He began by outlining his new administration: a new policy team, a new communications team, and six major changes to the cabinet: Commerce Secretary, DCF Secretary, Commerce Secretary, Chief Budget Officer, Chief of Information Technology, and Lieutenant Governor. Additionally, the Governor created the position of Chief Operating Officer, in effort to foster more of a business approach, and then focused on three main points: reform, jobs, and education.
—Governor Colyer revealed his intention to sign four executive orders, of which would create a safer and more transparent workplace. First, no charge for open records requests of less than 100 pages. Second, institute policies to ensure that official business is conducted on state emails only. Lastly, the implementation of performance metrics for cabinet agencies as well as a one-stop-shop website to post open meetings, locations and materials. The Governor also touched on the executive order he signed on Monday, which requires all executive branch employees, interns, and contractors to undergo mandatory annual training seminars.
—He made note that the state unemployment rate is 3.4%, the lowest in seventeen years, and that there are 48,000 unfilled jobs across the state. Instead of having people looking for jobs, jobs are looking for people. Governor Colyer unveiled his “(Re) Employment Plan”, which will provide skills assessment, resume, interview and networking assistance to the labor market, at no cost.
—The Governor invoked the names of the nine previous Kansas governors, and stated that under each administration, each of them had the specter of education lawsuits overshadowing the process. He also articulated that schools must stay open, a definitive school finance formula is necessary, the need to improve accountability and to strive for better outcomes for students.
For a transcript of the speech, click here.
For a video of the joint address, click here.
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