- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas legislators are preparing to review proposals from a consultant for making state government more efficient.

The House Appropriations Committee was convening Tuesday morning to review the report from Kansas City-based Alvarez & Marsal.

The consulting firm also was presenting its report later to the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

Legislative leaders hired the firm on a $2.6 million contract to review state government’s operations. It also is examining local school districts.

The firm already has suggested that the Department of Revenue fill dozens of vacant positions to help with tax collections. It also proposed centralizing the leasing of state office space and selling little-used Department of Transportation equipment.

The state is facing a projected $190 million deficit in its budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

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