Updates and Alerts
STATE LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, MAR. 12-16
The session has now pivoted to K-12 education funding with the release of the long-awaited K-12 education cost study commissioned by legislative leaders. The study overseen by Texas A&M professor Dr. Lori Taylor concluded additional investment in K-12 education was needed to meet student achievement goals, and Dr. Taylor offered several proficiency scenarios with costs ranging from $451 million up to $2 billion in additional funding phased in over 5 years. Initial reaction from lawmakers to the study was mixed. You can find the study here.
Dr. Taylor and her research partner will be discussing her findings with lawmakers on Mar. 20. A peer-review of her work by researcher Dr. Jesse Levin of the American Institutes for Research is expected on Mar. 26.
Legislators now have only weeks left to decide how to respond to a Kansas Supreme Court order to submit by April 30 a constitutionally adequate and equitable K-12 funding framework, where the biggest challenge may be getting legislators to agree how to pay for the plan.
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WELCOME TO OUR NEW LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS CHAIR!
Thank you 2017 Legislative Affairs Chair Josh Woolard of HNTB Corporation and welcome 2018 Chair Lisa Tomlinson of Bank of Blue Valley-Lenexa Branch – we appreciate your leadership!
As a token of our appreciation for his service, Josh was presented with a piece of copper cut from the old Capitol dome.
ICYMI – LENEXA OFFICIALS VISIT CAPITOL
Look who we ran into at the Capitol in Topeka! Lenexa officials were there last week visiting with legislators about our community.
L-R Staffer Mike Nolan, Mayor Boehm, and Councilmembers Hunt, Stuke, Roh, and Nicks
AREA OFFICIALS ATTEND CHAMBER ANNUAL DINNER
A big Chamber thank you to Lenexa-area elected officials who attended our Annual Dinner on January 19th to help celebrate Making Magic Happen in Lenexa! Chamber members were joined by a number of state and local officials in looking back on our community’s many achievements in 2017 and enjoying our strong Chamber fellowship. Here’s to working together for a successful 2018!
L-R: Chamber Legislative Affairs Director Ashley Sherard, Rep. Linda Gallagher, Sen. Dinah Sykes, and Rep. Tom Cox
JO CO CHAMBERS’ LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST SERIES COMING UP!
Johnson County area chambers of commerce jointly host a series of Saturday morning breakfasts (from 7:30 – 9:00 am) 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 click here.
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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 email@example.com.