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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.

Comments

Dave Trabert 3 years, 1 month 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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BigPrune 3 years, 1 month 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.

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JackRipper 3 years, 1 month ago

"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."

Catsup's tidbits on what led the Amerikanisch Sicherheitsdienst-Corporate Farm and Livestock branch to Kansas.

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JackRipper 3 years, 1 month ago

And you'd think we get a higher quality product if the people making those salaries were scientist instead of marketeers.

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JackRipper 3 years, 1 month 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."

This is the line of bs is modern American life. Marketeers who do nothing of any real value create Facebook and Twit accounts for their cause and bam, they deserve big salaries. It is a nice gig if you can get it. Funny, Morris and the rah rah woman who does the marketeer crap for this bogus cause are both from Hugoton.

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somebodynew 3 years, 1 month 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?????

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