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Brownback: Technology industries can boost economy

Senator speaks at gathering in Lawrence

U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., center, visits with Kansas Rep. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence, left, and Cheryl Seiwald, a member of the board of directors of the Lawrence Technology Association at the association’s annual meeting Thursday at Maceli’s, 1031 N.H.

U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., center, visits with Kansas Rep. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence, left, and Cheryl Seiwald, a member of the board of directors of the Lawrence Technology Association at the association’s annual meeting Thursday at Maceli’s, 1031 N.H.

February 12, 2010

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Brownback urges Kansas businesses to succeed

Senator Sam Brownback spoke Thursday, saying Kansas businesses need the opportunity to grow without being over-taxed. Enlarge video

U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback pointed to growth in technology industries as a path out of the state’s budget woes Thursday in Lawrence.

Speaking to the Lawrence Technology Association, Brownback said the state should seek to attract new opportunities in wind power, other renewable sources of energy and the aviation industry.

Brownback, a Republican who is running for governor, said the state needs to invest in these areas to position itself well for the future, and help to recruit new businesses to the state.

“We need that person who has that entrepreneurial spirit who says, ‘I’ve got a dream, and I know how to get things done,’” Brownback told the group consisting of industry leaders interested in promoting growth in the technology sector.

Kansas’ already strong aviation industry should position it to take advantage of potential private contracts from the federal government’s space exploration program, he said.

The next time NASA goes to the moon, he said, they will likely use the private sector to help get to a low Earth orbit, instead of using a large rocket to go straight to the moon.

“There’s no reason we shouldn’t be a part of that,” he said.

Brownback said growth and investment in these kinds of areas would help the state emerge from its current budgetary crisis.

“You can neither tax nor cut your way out of the problem you’re in,” he said. “You’ve got to grow your way out.”

Comments

georgiahawk 4 years, 10 months ago

There is no such thing as a free market! It may be an ideal that you can shoot for, but there is never going to be a free market any more than we will have unicorns. Deal with reality rather than some fantasy world!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 10 months ago

And this is a good way to promote a growth in population, since we'll have to have an influx of those with the training and education to fill these jobs as a result of the Republicans shutting down the state's education system, K thru graduate school.

tomatogrower 4 years, 10 months ago

No lie, bozo. Our education is being gutted, but he wants to bring in high tech jobs? He probably doesn't even know what is happening to our school. Oh I forgot, he's probably going to replace them with Christian schools, and if you aren't Christian, well, too bad. And is he really talking about pork straight out? Of course, he must be unaware (big surprise) that there is no money for NASA right now, because we have more important things to worry about, but you can be sure when there is he's going to get some of that pork. oink. Why not try bringing in some real businesses? Granted we would be getting some of our federal tax monies back, but why not bring in something that all the uneducated kids that the Republicans want to create can do? Or do they have slave plans for them?

Stuart Evans 4 years, 10 months ago

Noam Chomsky has some interesting thoughts on government subsidizing the expansion of technology

Hawkdad 4 years, 10 months ago

What exactly might the words 'science' and 'technology' actually mean to a religious fundamentalist like Mr. Brownback? The Earth is only 6500 years old, evolution and climate change are fabrications of the devil, and the sun goes around the Earth. Is this guy the best we can do in this state? How embarrassing.

Paul Decelles 4 years, 10 months ago

Hawkdad,

You are so right. What a hypocrite Brownback is...here we have a senator who denies what modern science is telling us and yet he claims to want to promote technology?

Sparko 4 years, 10 months ago

Brownback represents a barter economy. He is a central reason Kansas is so economically deprived. What has he ever done to ever promote sustainable energy, high technology or science education? A national embarrassment.

moveforward 4 years, 10 months ago

entrepreneurs create jobs. corporations eliminate them.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 10 months ago

Brownback has been in Washington for several years yet the alternative industry did not make it to Kansas.

Brownback was in Washington for several years yet the technology industry failed to show up in Kansas.

While Sen Brownback has been in Washington the repubs sent the economy down the tubes and put 8 million people out of work.

Sen Brownback is a pusher of charter schools that which will eat up tax dollars quickly and NOT necessarily do anymore than what public education can do for less money. Some charter school principals are drawing a salary of $350,000 which is eye brow raising. That's corporate for ya!

"Brownback, a Republican who is running for governor, said the state needs to invest in these areas to position itself well for the future, and help to recruit new businesses to the state." Grab your Wallets! This republican wants OUR tax dollars.

nobody1793 4 years, 10 months ago

I'm going to start a high-tech company that builds robots that can do nothing of value, then have them run for public office.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 10 months ago

"The next time NASA goes to the moon, he said, they will likely use the private sector to help get to a low Earth orbit, instead of using a large rocket to go straight to the moon."

What he is implying is that private industry will be sending taxpayers the bill..... grab your wallet.

headdoctor 4 years, 10 months ago

If Brownback thinks Technology industries is good for Kansas he is either blowing smoke for the election or is already in bed with some companies so if it is good for Kansas it is good for his pocket. That is all we need is another tech bubble to pop adding to our already existing problem.

headdoctor 4 years, 10 months ago

ibroke (Anonymous) says… headdoctor–-sounds like you are against anybody who wants to run for office period


Politicians have always been of questionable nature but the level of crookedness that our system has risen to in recent years, you may be right.

In the mean time with out writing an essay on the subject, beobachter summed it up rather nicely. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ beobachter (Anonymous) says… ibroke, I think a lot of us are simply against an ignorant religious nutcase who has spent his entire adult life wasting taxpayer's dollars.

goodcitizen 4 years, 10 months ago

Ditto on what autie said. And yes that is a terrible blazer RT, exactly what I thought when I saw the photo....Sam, 1983 called, they want their blazer back.

anon1958 4 years, 10 months ago

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus (Anonymous) says…

And this is a good way to promote a growth in population,

+++++++++++

Nice theory......but,

Kansas has an infant mortality rate that is 20% higher than the national average and similar to a few third world nations.

Doesnt that kind of nerf any philosophy that we can grow our way out. Brownback told me though, Dang lucky we are to have a health system that doesnt need repair or overhaul!

Newell_Post 4 years, 10 months ago

"The next time NASA goes to the moon..."

NASA isn't going to the moon again, except robotically. There's no point to it. We know everything we actually need to know about the moon, and if there are more moon missions, robots can do the work for a fraction of the cost.

davidmcg 4 years, 10 months ago

It was commented here that Brownback would probably bring in "Christian schools". When I grew up I went to public school, so that is the only type of school I know. But, facts are facts, generally Christiona and Catholic school students perform on a higher level that students of public school districts. In addition there are the home school kids who also perform much higher than public school students. So, what is the concern here? Don't we all want our kids to learn in school and not be babysitted or have excuses for not learning? My boys are both grown and have families of their own. If they were still young school students today, I would not hesitate for one minute to put them in a private Christioan or Catholic school, maybe even home school them.

JKBagby 4 years, 10 months ago

perspicacious

Nice word. What was this article about? OH, ha, I think the title "Politician" implies a certain character. Like it or not they tend to understand the game a bit more than us blue collar folk. The only true communism, out of necessity, will follow a working capitalism which has failed. And we will say to each other "Oh my God I can't believe this is happening" as we follow along out of necessity. Let's not be cynical. The true meaning of conformity is reproduction. Whether you agree with the current political climate in voice means nothing compared to bringing a child into this world by free will. I post this due to my most recent observation of those young people who are with child or have young ones but still are in, and have been in, a state of complete denial regarding our social climate. I guess my own blog would ask: How can you knowingly, without being in total agreement with our social structure, bring a child into this world?

Paul Decelles 4 years, 10 months ago

Autie,

Surely there is room for you to make a smart ass remark somewhere here. We just picked the low hanging fruit. ;-)

In all seriousness there must be a a better candidate somewhere for Gov...Republican or Democrat. We can't let Brownback become Gov.

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