J.R. Claeys | Salina's Representative


Rep. Claeys created a Director of Unmanned Aircraft Systems position in KDOT Aviation, and proposed a tax credit for engineers to support development of the industry in Salina.
Rep. Claeys is responsible for a Kansas Highway Patrol recruitment and retention plan that resulted in one of the largest recruiting classes in history at the KHP Training Academy in Salina.
Rep. Claeys led the effort to reform government programs by rooting out waste while looking for more efficient delivery of the programs and services we expect from our state.
Claeys to Serve on Transportation Program Planning Task Force

Topeka, Kansas — Representative J.R. Claeys (R-Salina) will serve on the 29 member Transportation Vision Task Force created by the Kansas Legislature to make recommendations for the next state transportation program. The current program, T-Works, is reaching the end of the 10-year plan. Claeys represents Salina in the Kansas House of Representatives.

"I'm looking forward to working with my colleagues in the legislature and with industry experts to design a plan that keeps our state transportation system ranked as one of the top in the nation," said Claeys. "This last session we kept the promise of T-Works, so we can look forward to a program that maintains our progress."

Claeys is one of six legislators automatically appointed to the task force based on their positions as committee chairs. Claeys chairs the Transportation & Public Safety Budget Committee in the House, the starting point for Kansas Department of Transportation budgets in the legislative process.

"Whether it is another 10 year plan, or a shorter program, it will have a large maintenance and preservation component," said Claeys. "We currently require just under $400 million each year to maintain the state highway system in a condition that ranks consistently in the top five in the nation."

The task force will evaluate the progress T-Works program, the condition of the current infrastructure, and the future needs of the system — including funding mechanisms.

"Local input is the most important part of any new plan," said Claeys. "Once we gather those priorities, a plan will take shape."

The task force will meet after the remaining members are named. Recommendations will be reported to the legislature for consideration no later than January 30, 2019.

Paid for by Kansans for Claeys, Mark Hassman, Treasurer