Archive for Friday, December 1, 2000

Lieutenant governor praises work of task forces

December 1, 2000


Today Kansas Gov. Bill Graves receives the full report from the Vision 21st Century Initiative, and his lieutenant governor is optimistic it will lead to a better approach to state problems.

"I'm very excited about what we're doing, and I think the results are exciting," Sherrer said during an appearance Thursday morning before a Rotary Club breakfast audience at the Lawrence Holidome.

Task forces working on various projects through Vision 21st Century tackled issues from education to economics.

Sherrer commended the education task force, which called for determining the specific cost for providing suitable K-12 and higher education even should that cost require a tax increase.

Sherrer also sounded a warning that the state's work force needs to be adequately trained and that more pressure will fall on vocational and technical training schools.

"Unskilled jobs are becoming fewer and fewer," he said. "We're going to move to a more skilled work force."

Another task force report recommended that state economic development programs not be funded with state lottery revenues.

Sherrer bristled at that report's reference to competition for economic development dollars between the state Commerce and Housing Department and Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp. Sherrer heads the Commerce Department.

"The issue is can we be more efficient," he said. "Can we organize our resources a little better."

Sherrer warned against expecting state programs to be perfect and singled out the state adoption program through Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services. State adoption rates are three times higher than the national average, he said.

"There's a misperception that we have to be perfect," he said. "We can't beat ourselves up over failure."

Sherrer expressed optimism on the future of Kansas.

"Good things are going on in the state, and I think they will continue," he said.

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