The Kansas real property commission, in its first year, has received praise from President Donald Trump.
“We have the most diverse, fair, and open real estate market in the country,” said David McNeil, director of the commission.
“The Kansas economy is thriving and people have come to love Kansas.”
In May, the commission issued a report that concluded Kansas had one of the nation’s lowest vacancy rates and the state was well-positioned for a sustained expansion.
“I am confident the commission will make the right decision with the resources and focus it has today,” Trump said at the time.
Trump’s economic policies have focused on job creation, infrastructure and job training, as well as a focus on education.
“Kansas has made tremendous progress since I’ve been in office,” McNeil said.
“There’s a lot of good things happening.
The state is thriving.”
McNeil and other commissioners voted in favor of the Trump administration’s first-year budget proposal, which included $25 million for the Kansas Economic Development Authority.
The budget also included $15 million to build a “community infrastructure” center.
A portion of the $1.5 billion budget for the commission would also help expand the state’s Medicaid program.
“That was the first time I’ve heard of any president asking for money for a state agency,” said Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Kansas City, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee.
“It’s an important part of the job.
We have a long way to go before we reach our full potential.”
The Kansas Economic Growth Authority has been the state agency responsible for overseeing the development of the state and is also in charge of Medicaid.
The Kansas governor is also on the board.
“This is an important piece of the overall economic recovery, particularly with a state like Kansas that has been hit hard by the recession,” said McGuire.
“When you have a governor that is in the forefront of economic growth and job creation in a state that is struggling, you are going to see an uptick in jobs.”
The state also has a significant number of public schools.
The school district of Kansas City was created in 1873 by the Kansas Legislature, and now includes more than 5,000 students, mostly from low-income families.
It’s also the largest public school district in the state, with more than 100,000 pupils.
“As a state, we are committed to investing in education to provide quality, affordable education for all children, and we’re proud to be a part of this economic recovery,” said Kathleen McFarland, executive director of KEGA.
“Our focus has been to ensure that Kansas remains a model for growth and prosperity for years to come.”
The report also included funding for a new science center, a high school with more students, a new technology center, and a new library.
“While the Kansas economic development authority is in an excellent position to make the investments required to attract and retain talented individuals, it’s critical to focus on the long-term vision of our state and ensure that our workforce continues to thrive and grow in the years ahead,” McGuire said.
The report, which was released Monday, also called for a review of the federal government’s Medicaid funding.
“Given the current state of the economy, we believe it is critical that we continue to invest in education and workforce training in Kansas to keep our state competitive and to attract the next generation of Kansas residents,” McFarion said.