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Archive for Tuesday, February 16, 2010

House endorses creating Kansas efficiency task force

Reject measure to privatize parts of state government

February 16, 2010, 7:49 a.m. Updated February 16, 2010, 5:03 p.m.

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— Two proposals designed to help make Kansas government more efficient have met with different fates in the state House.

House members gave first-round approval Tuesday to a bill establishing a Streamlining Government Commission. The panel would review agencies and programs to determine which could be eliminated or combined.

The House vote was 73-46. Final action is expected Wednesday, and approval would send the bill to the Senate.

The other bill would create a Council on Efficient Government to consider government programs that can be turned over to private companies.

But the measure became embroiled in a debate over whether vendors for the state should be required to show they aren’t hiring illegal immigrants. The House sent the bill back to committee.

Comments

Phillbert 4 years, 10 months ago

Nice to see the Republican Legislature has decided that it can't fulfill its primary mission - which is to set the state budget - and instead wants to pass the job off to not one but two commissions. That's efficiency!

Thinking_Out_Loud 4 years, 10 months ago

From the article "The [Council on Efficient Government] would also work to make sure that government doesn't directly compete with the private sector in providing goods and services."

Now, wait a minute. We keep talking about running government like a business. Don't businesses provide goods and services that compete with other goods and service providers? So...we want government to run like a business, without truly running like a business?

somedude20 4 years, 10 months ago

I thought this was a punchline to a joke

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