Eliminating Government Waste a Top Priority for Rep. Claeys
Salina, Kans. -- Kansas House Republicans made a commitment to the people of Kansas to root out government waste and hold government agencies accountable for every dollar spent. That commitment is being kept through thoughtful study of how our government agencies operate and where we can provide better service at a lower cost.
As a fifth generation Kansan, born and raised in Salina, I know we have the tools to be the best state to live, work and raise a family. As Kansans, we know the value of hard work, and in our families we engage in sound budgeting practices that we expect from our government. Kansas House Republicans share your values and are working toward budgets that are balanced and free of unnecessary, wasteful spending.
The study by Alvarez & Marsal, on behalf of the Kansas Legislature, contains over 100 ideas to make our government more efficient and more accountable to taxpayers. Those ideas save over two billion taxpayer dollars over five years and establish ongoing savings through structural changes that will better serve Kansans into the future.
Many of the ideas in the report are not controversial — centralizing purchasing, leveraging the buying power of the state, streamlining procurement and consolidating administration – common sense ideas that every Kansan can get behind.
For instance, consolidating all Human Resources and Information Technology in the Department of Administration, rather than each agency maintaining their own services, or centralizing and outsourcing some printing services and reducing the number of printers across state agencies.
In my role as chairman of the House Transportation and Public Safety Budget Committee we will look at several improvements in the way the Kansas Department of Transportation allocates resources across the state. Recommendations call for competitive procurement processes, bidding outsourced work to reduce cost and improve performance, while establishing best practices for future state contracts to create cash flow advantages. Some call for hiring more state employees to improve revenue and in-house expertise to reduce costs.
The report also recommends leasing state property for commercial uses, such as cell phone towers, and making use of sponsorship opportunities for roadside parks and motorist assist, similar to what we already do on the Kansas Turnpike. These simple ideas remove the burden from taxpayers to finance these services while providing a better product at a better price statewide.
I’m proud to lead the effort, along with agency leadership, toward efficiency in the operations of the Kansas Department of Transportation and our public safety agencies.
Now that we have the data and the ideas to develop a plan of action, Kansas House Republicans will work hard this session to implement these efficiencies to save you money.
Our commitment to you is an efficient and effective government that respects hard working taxpayers. A commitment we will keep. Kansas House Republicans are problem solvers, offering real solutions, with real results.