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Sen. Tom Holland appointed to KTEC board

May 14, 2009

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State Sen. Tom Holland, a critic of the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp., has been appointed to the board that oversees the economic development agency, it was announced Thursday.

“Senator Holland has been extremely concerned about the future of KTEC throughout this past legislative session,” said Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka, who named Holland, D-Baldwin City, to the KTEC board.

“As a board member, Senator Holland will be able to use his research and expertise to reassess the effectiveness of KTEC, and to determine the most efficient ways to encourage capital investment, technology transfer and job creation in Kansas,” Hensley said.

During the past legislative session, Holland introduced a bill that would have abolished KTEC and moved its functions to the Kansas Department of Commerce and state universities.

At the time, Holland said KTEC, which was established in 1986 to promote technology-based development, had succumbed to high costs and little accountability. He has also tussled with KTEC when he requested expenditure records of the agency.

Former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius had vetoed KTEC’s $12 million in funding, but lawmakers restored $7 million in the final budget.

Since Sebelius has left to become secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, her replacement, Gov. Mark Parkinson, has said he may accept a lower-funded KTEC but wants lawmakers to reassess the state’s economic development strategy.

KTEC’s 16-member board includes business and government leaders. At least two members must be legislators who serve on either the Senate Commerce Committee or Joint Committee on Economic Development. Holland serves on both of those committees.

Comments

Pywacket 4 years, 11 months ago

Dear KansanJayhawk:

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh!

Let it all out, okay?

Signed,

A Grass Roots Holland Supporter


Strategically, it makes a lot of sense to appoint one of the KTEC's most outspoken critics to be involved with its oversight. Sounds like he will hold them accountable for their expenditures.

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pace 4 years, 11 months ago

Sounds great, it has been a slush fund for a few for long enough. Bring it up to a working tool. The KTEC culture has been wedded to a being a slush fund. If they can't change we can't afford to do pump our money to those guys.

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sarahsmilehawk 4 years, 11 months ago

I like Sen. Holland. This article doesn't make any sense to someone who hasn't been following KTEC stories for years, though.

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Jefferson_County 4 years, 11 months ago

kansanjayhawk - Funny how that works, huh? He was elected as a D, not a conservative R. Some of us are not frustrated.

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kansanjayhawk 4 years, 11 months ago

Many of us are getting very frustrated with the liberal agenda flowing from Senator Holland. He seems to be representing only the Democratic party and not his much more conservative district on issues. 1. Coal plant 2. late-term abortion. 3 Tax increases in the budget. His developing record will be hard for him to explain to the grassroots when the next election rolls around.

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