I am a graduate of the first 20 Up To 40 Leadership Program class with the KSCPA. Now that I am on the board of directors I chair the 20 Up To 40 Leadership Program. Yesterday, the seventh graduating class met in Topeka, Kansas in conjunction with the KSCPA Day at the Statehouse. We had an opportunity to meet with Governor Sam Brownback, Director of Revenue Nick Jordan, and our state senators and representatives.
We only had a quick meeting with the Governor but we had a great session with Dir. of Revenue Nick Jordan and a few of the top employees in the Department of Revenue. We had lunch with the Kansas Senate Tax Committee Chairs. One CPA asked them if our state economy was in as bad of a shape as we read in the papers. To our surprise the senators said Kansas had collected more revenue in the last two years than ever before. They also talked to us about ways the state and local governments can save money in terms of education, such as buying fuel for buses or fertilizing chemicals for fields in bulk, that school districts have not chosen to utilize yet. However, one Overland Park representative said moves like this would require purchasing through large corporations as opposed to local businesses. My take-away is that we are not in the dire straits that we hear in the papers.
After attending a board meeting in the afternoon we ended the day with a legislative reception at The Upstage Gallery with state senators and representatives. It was a great opportunity to meet them and see that they are regular people just like us with day jobs and concerns for our community. They also aspired to retire to Australia, grow their hair long, and learn to surf!
Overview – Met with Governor Sam Brownback, Director of Revenue Nick Jordan, our state senators and representatives. We had lunch with the Kansas Senate Tax Committee Chairs. My take-away is that we are not in the dire straits that we hear in the papers.