Kansas efficiency reports suggests state could save $2 billion

A consulting firm hired by the Kansas Legislature issued a report Tuesday showing how the state could achieve more than $2 billion in savings and efficiencies over the next five years.

But that includes recommendations that some lawmakers may find difficult to swallow, such as reducing benefits in the State Employee Health Plan and delaying payments to private contractors and vendors who do business with the state.

And of that savings, only about $20 million could be achieved in the current fiscal year, barely enough to fill the projected $14 million budget shortfall that lawmakers are facing.

The 260-page report by the firm Alvarez and Marsal includes 105 specific recommendations, covering such areas as purchasing, real estate management, insurance, the use of prison labor, and spending for K-12 education.

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