Kansas Chamber Issues Statement on Executive Order 20-04


Kansas Chamber President and CEO Alan Cobb issued the following statement regarding Kansas Governor Laura Kelly’s Executive Order 20-04 issued Tuesday, March 17th:

“The Kansas Chamber and its members appreciate Governor Kelly meeting with us Monday and more importantly, seeking input from the Kansas business community on ways to keep the state’s economy going during this time of state and national emergency.

Our discussion regarding the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak covered a wide array of options, including assisting employees whose jobs or hours are impacted, avoiding burdening businesses with new taxes and regulations, implementing tax policy that keeps cash in the pockets of citizens and businesses, and speeding up the processing of pending licenses and permits.

The Chamber encouraged the governor consider alternatives to issuing a blanket order to close businesses. Her Executive Order 20-04 establishes public safety measures and allows the Kansas business community to remain open. Those who directly serve their fellow Kansans are in the best positions to make decisions to keep their customers and employees safe.”


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