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VOL. 120, NO. 7 ONLINE EDITION February 14, 2018
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Governor names new budget director, operating officer
Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer on Feb. 3 named a veteran state lawmaker as his new budget director.  

The new Republican governor's chief budget officer is GOP state Rep. Larry Campbell, of Olathe. Campbell is vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and chairman of a special committee on education funding.  

Colyer moved quickly, having been sworn in two days earlier when former GOP Gov. Sam Brownback resigned to take an ambassador's post. Colyer was Brownback's lieutenant governor for seven years.  

Former budget director Shawn Sullivan will remain a key adviser to Colyer in his new job of chief operating officer, handling big budget and policy issues that involve multiple agencies. Other states have such positions, including Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon and Tennessee.  

Campbell, a 62-year-old former banker, has served 13 years in the House. He is a former Olathe mayor and current member of its City Council, a position he plans to keep.  

As chairman of the House's education funding committee, Campbell played a key role in drafting a new formula for determining how the state distributes more than $4 billion a year in aid to its 286 school districts. The school finance law also increased spending, but in October the Supreme Court ruled that the higher amount wasn't sufficient under the state constitution.  

Campbell said during an interview that he has great respect for legislators and "I hope I've built good trust."  

House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr., a fellow Olathe Republican, said lawmakers have confidence in Campbell's abilities. -Information from AP  

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