An annual survey of Kansas business leaders has the coronavirus pandemic as the top concern.

The Kansas Chamber released the results of its 17th annual Business Leaders Poll.    It found that the operations of nearly every business in the state was directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.   The survey revealed that 66 percent of business leaders reported supply chain issues, and 46 percent believe the state’s response to the pandemic was more than what was necessary.

Chamber President and CEO Alan Cobb said Kansas businesses worked to repurpose their facilities to manufacture personal protection equipment and sanitizer, and they also established safe workplaces as they reopened after the shutdown last spring.

The survey found that taxes are still a major issue, and 63 percent of the business leaders in the survey feel that it would help the Kansas economy to lower taxes.  The survey found that business leaders are optimistic about hiring in the coming year.