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Praise for KBA, plus questions about salaries

February 26, 2011

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— Senate leaders on Friday praised the Kansas Bioscience Authority even though some members of a Senate committee have questioned salaries and expenses at the agency.

“They are one of our bright lights,” Senate President Steve Morris, R-Hugoton, said of the KBA.

Senate Vice President John Vratil, R-Leawood, and Senate Majority Leader Jay Emler, R-Lindsborg, made similar comments.

But recently several members of the Senate Commerce Committee have expressed displeasure with the $250,000-per-year salary and $100,000 bonus paid to KBA Chief Executive Officer Tom Thornton.

Twelve of the agency’s 21 employees have salaries of more than $100,000.

“They’re very exorbitant for Kansas salaries,” said Commerce Chair Susan Wagle, R-Wichita.

Wagle has held one hearing on KBA finances and plans another one for Friday.

The KBA’s main mission is to lure bioscience companies and research to Kansas. It led the effort to bring the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility to the state.

Vratil said he was satisfied with the KBA leadership and salaries.

“You get what you pay for. If you want to hire cheap labor to run the Bioscience Authority, you’re going to get a cheap product,” he said.

Emler said that often legislators say government should be run more like a business. That’s what is happening with the Bioscience Authority.

“The Bioscience Authority has done a tremendous job bringing in NBAF and animal health initiatives,” he said.

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somebodynew 4 years, 4 months ago

“You get what you pay for. If you want to hire cheap labor to run the Bioscience Authority, you’re going to get a cheap product,” he said.

So, I guess you don't mind that most of the rest of the regular workers at the State level are "cheap labor" and seem to be the first place you guys go to save money by cutting the measly wages?????

Joe Blackford II 4 years, 4 months ago

A careful audit of the KBA would reveal Dr. David Franz, KBA voting member; KSU's one-time chief of the KS Agro- Bio-terroricm Center; Dept. of Homeland Security Science & Technology Advisory Committee; VP of Midwest Research Institute, KC, MO; selected his alma mater to get the NBAF & soon his employer (MRI) will be getting contracts from the NBAF. I'd imagine the KBA spent $ on Franz' travel from MRI's Maryland lab @ USAMRIID to Manhattan while he represented both KSU, MRI & DHS. Evidently has to travel with 3 hat boxes.

When Rep. Boyda was asked IF KBA's tax dollars were being spent against those opposing bringing the NBAF to KSU, she refused to answer, or look into it.

MRI has an office at NISTAC, where Wefald, K. Glasscock & Bob Krause skimmed $ off the top of KSU's sale of NutriJoy to CocaCola. The KSU Wefald departure audit questioned their ethics. Wefald appointed Krause's wife, Martha Vanier, to head KSU's NABC following Franz' departure.

Franz' 2 subordinates @ US Army Medical Institute for Infectious Diseases, are also KSU alums; and misled Kansans into believing the NBAF could be safely & securely operated. Meanwhile, a USAMRIID employee, Dr. Bruce Ivins, was identified by the FBI as the Anthrax Mailer. No Kansas newspaper has ever printed these FACTS.

see:

"The Committee's jurisdiction over these issues could have been asserted throughout the 110th Congress, but especially in the wake of the FBI's determination that the anthrax attacks were perpetrated by an American scientist at an elite American biodefense laboratory."

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/C...

2007 salaries http://www.kansas.com/salaries.../

Robert Krause Kansas State University Vice President $192,951.00

Martha Vanier Kansas State University Associate Director $101,101.00

Gerald Jaax Kansas State University Associate Vice President $133,289.00

Nancy Jaax Kansas State University Program Director $55,237.00

KSU's NABC is nothing more than a house of cards to funnel $3 Million into getting the NBAF. Pat Roberts Hall aka BRI is a $1 Million/year drain on KSU's general budget. Purpose was to have idle employees don lab smocks for PR shoots. KSU had NO research in this area until KBA spent $ Millions to bring J. Richt from USDA, Ames, IA, to the BRI.

Joe Blackford II 4 years, 4 months ago

Kansas Earmarks aka Pork Barrel & Pig in A Poke

http://kansas.watchdog.org/5920/kansas-delegation-adds-earmarks-to-omnibus-appropriations-bill/

Kansas Delegation Adds Earmarks to Omnibus Appropriations Bill

$40,000,000 National Agro- Bio-terrorism Defense Facility Brownback

$ 2,400,000 Biosecurity Research for Soldier Food Safety Roberts

$ 750,000 National Agriculture Bio-security Center Brownback, Roberts

One can only hope KSU's pork barrel projects succumb to current Congressional wisdom. The NABC has received $3 Million in previous earmarks & had trouble spending it according to a NABC email asking for help to spread the wealth. Much of the earmark was no doubt spent on travel for Colonels Franz, J. Jaax & N. K. Jaax to travel across the country convincing the naive we need to bring Hoof & Mouth Disease here to Kansas before turbaned terrorists sprayed it from crop dusters. J. Jaax, KSU University Veterinarian, travelled to Seattle to speak to a park ranger convention on the subject of agro-terrorism. I would note that Wefald was the ONLY University President in Kansas to have a University Veterinarian. From the campus squirrels I've talked to, Jerry Jaax did an AOK job of checking their nuts.

BigPrune 4 years, 4 months ago

I think the problem is there is no accountability in their spending. When they have $285 Million to spend over 15 years, and the State is in the red $500 Million, it makes lawmakers look for answers to bring the State into the black. That, and it was brought about during the Sebelius regime, no accountability, lack of oversight, exhorbitant spending, and for how many net jobs? The lawmakers need to dig deep.

Bob_Keeshan 4 years, 4 months ago

So you're saying Sebelius regime, blah blah blah.

I didn't realize it was all politics until this post. What does "brought about during the Sebelius regime" have to do with anything? Wasn't this the brainchild of the current Secretary of Revenue.

Just one more example of cutting off the nose to spite the face. You're really sticking it to Kathleen Sebelius now.

BigPrune 4 years, 4 months ago

It's the biggest scam in state history.

Dave Trabert 4 years, 4 months ago

Complete payroll listings for state employees and ten school districts are available at www.KansasOpenGov.org. KPERS pension payments, agency and university spending, property tax data by county and school distrcit spending per-pupil are also available. All data comes directly from government agencies.

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