(Aug. 13, 2020) – This week, the Special Committee on Economic Recovery, chaired by Senator Julia Lynn (R-Olathe), met to hear from various sectors of the state on the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Kansas. The discussion began with presentations on the State General Fund balances and the latest updates on tax receipts in the state. This was followed by reviews from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment regarding the health metrics being used to guide policy. The focus then shifted to the economic impact of specific sectors, with updates on the business sector, banking, insurance, agriculture, and health care, among others. The Kansas Hospital Association provided testimony
related to the impacts on the health care sector, along with recommendations on policies related to telemedicine that could help speed the recovery of hospitals moving forward. The committee concluded this week's meeting with discussions of development incentives. The committee is scheduled to meet again in mid-September to continue their discussion.