Republican Sen. Ryan Silvey of Kansas City will not be chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee in 2017.
Silvey, who served as budget committee chairman during his time in the Missouri House and vice chairman of the appropriations committee since 2014, had publicly lobbied for the position for months. The appropriations chairman wields significant influence over the state’s $27 billion budget, and many in the Kansas City area looked forward to a local lawmaker holding the job.
But on Thursday, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard announced that Republican Sen. Dan Brown of Rolla would be appropriation chairman. Richard denied the decision had anything to do with politics, but Silvey says it was his opposition to a pair of bills enacting tougher regulations on labor unions that cost him the job.
The difference in how much impact the vice chair can have on the budget compared to the chairman is significant, Silvey said. But he says holds no ill will about the decision and hopes to work closely with Sen. Brown during what’s predicted to be a difficult budget year.
Read more: Kansas City Star