Kudos to Kansas legislators for proposing new Buy American legislation
Kansas State Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley (D-Topeka) and Kansas House Minority Leader Paul Davis (D-Lawrence) have proposed a "Buy American" law requiring state agencies to use U.S.-manufactured goods in public works projects.
Manufacturing accounts for roughly 166,400 jobs in Kansas. Davis explains that "As one of the leading purchasers of manufactured goods, the state of Kansas wields significant power. It's time to harness that power and put it to good use."
The proposal specifies that state agencies would be required to use American-made goods in building and other public works projects, with exemptions if such goods are not readily available or would increase the cost of a project by more than 25 percent.
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