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Minutes for HB2572 - Committee on Taxation

Short Title

Requiring public disclosure of certain economic incentive data.

Minutes Content for Mon, Feb 19, 2018

Scott Wells, Senior Assistant Revisor provided an overview on HB2572 which requires specific economic development information to be collected and disclosed to the public on the KanView website.  The bill would abolish the Public Finance Transparency Board and replace it with a joint committee consisting of 5 members of the Senate and 5 members of the House .  The joint committee would be required to meet twice a year and would serve in an advisory role on the content, format and reports published on the KanView website (Attachment 1)  (Attachment 2).  Mr. Wells stood for questions from the Committee.

Representative Kristy Williams testified as a proponent for HB2572 noting disclosure is the fundamental reform in the realm of taxpayer transparency.  The bill would provide current, accurate, up-to-date data by county, business and program in a usable format.  A joint committee would be formed to advise updates for the website.  Representative Williams stated this bill is intended as the first step in disclosure, allowing for a concise one-stop shop portal for the public to examine performance.  She suggested the next step would be evaluation of the data (Attachment 3).  Representative Williams stood for questions from the Committee.

The Committee discussed the KanView website and the fiscal note for HB2572.

Dave Trabert, Kansas Policy Institute submitted written testimony as a proponent for HB2572 (Attachment 4).

Neutral testimony for HB2572 was submitted by:

Heidi Holliday, Kansas Center for Economic Growth (Attachment 5)

Mark Scribner, Keeping the Kansas Promise Coalition (Attachment 6)

Chairperson Johnson closed the hearing on HB2572.

Nathan Eberline, Kansas Association of Counties provided supplemental testimony for HB2584 in response to Committee members requesting information and the content is largely from Property Valuation Division (Attachment 7).