Contact InformationMy office is 481-W, State Capitol Building, Topeka KS 66612Tel # 785-296-7643 or 800-432-3924; email [email protected] district mailing address is 1318 Avenue T, Coldwater, KS 67029, Tel # 620-582-2217As always, I welcome your comments as I work through this session. I want to thank you for this opportunity and I consider representing you a great honor.Please feel free to forward this newsletter to your neighbors in District 116. Posted in: News Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? 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Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Kyle HoffmanBy Kyle Hoffman, Representative of District 116 â€” Greetings from Topeka. The 2014 Session opened on Monday the 13th with six new members appointed over the break and starting what will be my forth year serving the citizens of the 116th District. It is always a little like the first day of school, seeing old friends and meeting new.This session, I will continue to serve as the Majority Caucus Chair, Chairman of the Ag Budget Committee, Vice-chair of the Ag and Natural Resources Committee, and a member of the Appropriations Committee. Thank you for this opportunity, it is truly an honor and privilege to represent you here in Topeka, I am looking forward to a good sessionPlease remember bills and other helpful information can be easily accessed through the legislatureâ€™s website at www.kslegislature.com.FY2014-2015 BudgetsOn Wednesday evening, the Governor delivered his state of the state address. Because the legislature passed a two-year budget last session, the Governor broadly laid out his supplemental for the two fiscal years in his address. On Thursday we received the â€œhard copyâ€ of those changes in the Appropriations Committee, the Governor has requested $30.7 million over the approved appropriations for FY 2014 and $429.8 million over the approved appropriations for FY 2015.The largest of the governorâ€™s budget adjustments is $362.9 million for the Department of Corrections for FY 2015. Last year, the Governor vetoed, in its entirety, the Corrections Budget for FY 2015 because it contained $8 million less than his initial request and he felt it needed to be looked at closer this year. Because of this veto, the Corrections Budget is the only change that must be made in the budgets, but we will look at all the requests and I am certain there will be other changes before we are done.Another budget request, $16 million for all-day Kindergarten ($80 million over five years) has been referred to a Special House Committee for study. The special committee will look at the proposal as both a policy and a budget issue. The goal of the committee will be to examine the proposal in detail, with emphasis on the value it brings to communities and how it fits in with the current school funding formula; they will also look at the broader impact of past at-risk spending, alongside other crucial components of implementation.Oil and Gas Trust FundToward the end of last session several of us in the House and Senate worked with the administration and passed a compromise to ensure the Oil and Gas Depletion Trust fund continued to be funded to the 60Â plus counties that receive the payments. The Fund is a safety net for counties to draw from if their Oil and Gas revenues decline to the point of causing the county valuation to drop below a certain level. All the counties in the 116th District have a fund, but none have ever had to use it, in fact Barber County has the largest balance of any county in the state in their fund. Unfortunately, the final budget language was confusing and when the budget office sent out the payments they did not reflect what I or several others understood as the agreement. About five or six of us legislators worked on the issue over the break and on Tuesday Governor Brownback announced he would include the $7.5 million additional funding for the Oil and Gas Depletion Trust Fund in his FY 2014 Supplemental Budget request. These funds will restore the money that was intended for Oil and Gas producing counties last fall. I am pleased the Governor made this part of his request and will work to get it through the process.Emergency Propane ReliefOn Tuesday, Governor Brownback issued an executive order granting temporary relief from motor carrier rules and regulations to ensure the continued delivery of propane to businesses and individuals across the state in light of the extremely cold weather and long lines at the terminals they have been experiencing. I am pleased the Governor granted this temporary relief, even though it has not been as cold this last week, I have been told by some propane delivery companies this 30 day order will allow them the time to catch up and lessen the potential for rationing of propane deliveries in the future.The Order applies only to those motor carriers delivering propane directly participating in relief efforts. In accordance with Title 49 C.F.R. Â§ 390.23:Temporarily suspends the requirements contained in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, Title 49 C.F.R. Parts 390-399;Temporarily suspends registration and fuel tax permits required by the Kansas Department of Revenue;Temporarily suspends the licensing, certification and permitting rules and regulations required by the Kansas Corporation Commission;Temporarily waives permit fees for over dimension and overweight loads as required by the Kansas Department of TransportationDrivers must still obtain permits required for over dimension and overweight loads. The relief is in effect for 30 days ending February 14, 2014.Pages and VisitorsPages needed for the session. Would your Jr/Sr. High student like to be a page for a day at the Capitol? Please call, so we can work out a date that works for you. Along with paging on the House floor, they will get a guided tour of the beautifully restored Capitol and their picture with the Governor; please contact my secretary June at 785-296-7643 if you are interested.Visitors to the Capitol: This week I enjoyed meeting with several Mental Health Center Directors as well as members of some of the school boards from around the District. If you are coming to Topeka, I look forward to seeing you; I would ask that you let my office know if you are attending a conference in Topeka, so that I can make every effort to attend. Iâ€™m also always happy to arrange a time to meet with you individually, but even if you are unable to come to Topeka, please contact me anytime; Iâ€™m always interested in hearing your thoughts on what youâ€™re hearing around the district. Itâ€™s very helpful for me when I have reliable feedback.
Minister Samuel D. Tweah (pictured) explained that the significant share in the increase of the wage of central government came from the health pool drive of US$11 million.-But Sen Morais challenges Min Tweah over number of people currently employed In what appeared to be a rebuttal to Finance and Development Planning Minister Samuel Tweah’s disclosure of the number of persons employed by this Government, Senator H. Dan Morais on Thursday, September 5, 2019, told Senate plenary that government has employed additional 14,800 on its payroll, and not 1,200 as claimed the Minister.Senator Morais, cross-examining the Finance Minister who has been on the witness stand for three days, reminded him (Tweah) that, based on his own survey, “the grand total of employees to include public and civil servants at this moment is about 71,800.”The Maryland County Senator furthered that in 20 months, “if we can be truthful and honest to ourselves, we could graduate from where are. I took what you presented us on Tuesday home and put it under the microscope and I noticed from my simple arithmetic, and from a document sourced from the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, the IMF and the World Bank, that this thing though partially true, there are lots of omissions.”Senator Morais, a former Superintendent and Minister of Internal Affairs, put it to Minister Tweah that, after all the interventions, “this government, under your watch has employed an additional 14,800 persons instead of 1,000, instead of 2000 or 3000.”Morais continued: “Taken from your own analysis, by January 2018, total monthly wage bill for the public sector, including civil servants hovered between 21.6 million to 22.5 million.”Still grilling the embattled Minister, Senator Morais further observed that by the end of fiscal year 2017/2018, “total public sector compensation increased to US$308.6 million, this is principally credited to the government policy of additional employment and pay increases. By this time, as of June 2019, this is what we have — a payroll with approximately, including civil servants, 72,000, instead of what is being presented to us.”The soft but outspoken Senator further put it that the total number of public sector workers as of January 2018 stood at 57,000, including public servants of 44,000, “but when you tie that to what you have done over the last two years, the variance and employment we see here says you have employed 14,800 new persons to our payroll, that’s what our figure shows.”However, responding to the Senator’s cross-examination, Minister Tweah firstly bragged that, besides being an economist, he graduated Magna Cum Laude in mathematics from the University of Liberia. He displayed through power-point what he claimed to be the authoritative figure from central government which shows that 70,000 workers as of January 2018 in all of the government systems, which includes 43,000 civil servants plus 25,000 people on general allowance, central government.Minister Tweah explained that the significant share in the increase of the wage of central government came from the health pool drive of US$11 million; and the government hired the rest of the people. “It is not mathematically possible in any one fiscal year for this central government to employ 14,800 persons on payroll.”The heated argument to determine the correct number of government employees as of January 2018 to June 2019, ensued between Minister Tweah and Senator Morais.Senator Morais then reminded Minister Tweah that the IMF intervention came about when that institution observed that the government wage analysis/bill was way up, it suggested that it needs to be harmonized. “Let’s be fair and honest to ourselves in how we treat this matter; Ghanaians years ago stood in line to buy sardines, what we are using now as our litmus test, but they were honest and fair to themselves; once we identify our problem and speak to it, we can find a way to solve it. If we have added 14,800 persons,,let’s defend why we added 14,800, we can’t stay in the state of denial.”Meanwhile, the Minister was relieved from the witness stand, through a motion proffered by Senator J. Alphonso Gaye.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) read more