Updates and Alerts
JO CO CHAMBERS’ LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST SERIES COMING UP!
Johnson County area chambers of commerce jointly host a series of Saturday morning breakfasts to enhance communication and meaningful interaction between the business community and our state legislative delegation. For more information and registration details, click here (to register, Lenexa Chamber members should call 913-491-3600). For a list of legislators currently scheduled to appear at each breakfast, subject to change without notice, click here.
ICYMI – LEGISLATORS MEET WITH CHAMBER COMMITTEE
On Friday, January 12, a number of Lenexa-area state legislators were guests of the Chamber’s Legislative Affairs Committee – there was good dialogue, good fun, and good food! Thanks to Sen. Dinah Sykes, and Reps. Keith Esau, Linda Gallagher, and John Resman for taking time to meet with business constituents. If YOU want to join other Chamber members in learning more about the issues and helping lead the way on advocating for our community, contact Ashley Sherard at email@example.com.
GOVERNOR BROWNBACK RELEASES PROPOSED STATE BUDGET
Governor Brownback has released his proposal to touch up the current fiscal-year state budget (FY2018) and for the upcoming fiscal year (FY2019). For a summary of some of the highlights of the proposal as well as legislative reaction, click here. For the overview slideshow presented to lawmakers by State Budget Director Shawn Sullivan, go to http://budget.ks.gov/publications/FY2019/Director_Overview–FY2019–1-10-2018.pdf.
Questions? Contact Ashley Sherard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 LEGISLATURE KICKS OFF
State lawmakers from across Kansas have reconvened in Topeka for their 2018 session.
The “elephant” in the House and Senate chambers is K-12 education funding – lawmakers are under a tight deadline imposed by the Kansas Supreme Court to come up with a constitutionally adequate K-12 education funding plan. The new plan must include changes in how funding is distributed among districts to address four specific deficiencies identified by the Court – that is likely to be the easier part. The plan must also include changes in overall funding to address the Court’s finding that current funding is constitutionally inadequate – that’s going to be the much harder part! There is not yet consensus about how much additional funding should be allocated or where the money for that annual increased funding obligation should come from – and finding solutions to those issues may be complicated by it being an election year.
How K-12 education funding is resolved will likely impact most other areas of the state budget as well as revenue policy, so even stakeholders not directly involved in K-12 education are closely watching this issue!
Action highlights from last week included Governor Brownback’s final State of the State address (see the full text at https://governor.kansas.gov/governors-state-of-the-state-address/), where he outlined his broad policy goals for the year, and the release of his proposed state budget to pay for or encourage those policy goals.
It’s going to be a busy year in Topeka — your Lenexa Chamber of Commerce will be in the Capitol watching out for you, so that you can focus on growing your business! If you have questions or comments, contact the Chamber’s Legislative Affairs Director Ashley Sherard at email@example.com.
CHAMBER BOARD APPROVES 2018 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
The Board of Directors has approved a legislative platform to guide our advocacy in the upcoming 2018 legislative session, soon to convene in Topeka. The platform addresses a spectrum of issues important to the business community including tax policy; key business costs and regulations; K-12 and higher education; transportation; economic development; and others.
For a summary of the platform, click here.
Questions or feedback?
Call Ashley Sherard, Vice President of Legislative Affairs at 913-888-1414 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.