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Brownback creates state economic advisory council

July 27, 2011, 12:50 p.m. Updated July 27, 2011, 2:39 p.m.

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— A group of economic advisers assembled by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will operate as a board of directors for economic development in the state, the Republican said during a news conference Wednesday.

Brownback signed an executive order in Wichita establishing the council, which he will chair.

"The economic future of Kansas depends on the growth of existing businesses and the development of new industries," Brownback said. "Economic competitiveness requires a detailed understanding of regional, national and international conditions and trends."

The governor said the group will work closely with him to assure strategy integration, coordination and accountability across all of the state's economic development entities and agencies. Those would include the ones for commerce, agriculture, transportation, revenue, labor and the Bioscience Authority, he said.

The council will be asked to coordinate strategic planning and economic development. It also is expected to evaluate state policies and agency performance as well as conduct research on topics such as tax competitiveness and regulations.

Brownback said his new council is the successor to Kansas Inc., an independent economic development research agency that was abolished in the reorganization after he took office. Unlike Kansas Inc., the new economic council will work in conjunction with the administration rather than separately from it. The former independent group did good economic work, but nobody picked it up, Brownback said.

The council will put so-called benchmarks for the various entities it oversees.

His economic council will have up to 20 members from the various industries in the state.

Brownback announced the first 16 members at a news conference: Patti Bossert, Key Staffing, Topeka; Ivan Crossland, Crossland Construction, Columbus; Jody Horner, Cargill Meat Solutions, Wichita; Cliff Illig, Cerner, Kansas City, Mo.; Garry O'Shaunghnessay, Lario Enterprises, Wichita; Larry Jones, J O Cattle Co., Holcomb; Patty Koehler, JR Custom Metals, Wichita; and Jim Lewis, Lewis Automotive Group, Hays; Jan Lyons, National Cattleman's Beef Association, Manhattan.

Also named to the council were David Murfin, Murfin Drilling, Wichita; Steve Ortiz, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Mayetta; Bob Page, University of Kansas Medical Center; Larry Sevier, Nex-Tech Wireless, Lenora; Dan Tasset, Nueterra, Leawood; Bob Wheeler, Hills Pet Nutrition; and Jeff Turner, Spirit AeroSystems, Wichita.

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lunacydetector 2 years, 8 months ago

........and if the economic advisory board brings good paying jobs to kansas, the above posters can start working for a living.

.....of course lawrence wasn't represented. how many businesses have we run off? he wanted success. wichita has quite a few billionaires.

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Gandalf 2 years, 8 months ago

I'm always leary of any article that stats with an oxymoron, brownback creates.

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justsomewench 2 years, 8 months ago

By my rough calculation, it appears that, of the 16 names/organizations provided, the campaign contributions were just short of $30K. I figure they'll be making back that money.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 8 months ago

These are people who will not challenge Brownback. Rather they will worship the cunning yet reckless nature of his economic advice which likely will come by of the Koch/Walton(Wal-Mart) consulting team.

This is a spend as many tax dollars as possible on Corp America consulting team. A guest speaker will address the group and all will go " Whatever you say master"

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average 2 years, 8 months ago

No one from Lawrence is more-or-less understandable.

The bigger question is when will reliably Republican Johnson County realize how little muscular Sam likes their neck of the woods. You really wouldn't guess from the above list (one person from JoCo) that 20% of the state's population and almost 30% of the state's GDP is in the JO.

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Steve Bunch 2 years, 8 months ago

Cargill Meat Solutions. Cargill Meat Solutions. I just love the sound of it.

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Agnostick 2 years, 8 months ago

Mr. Kealing, if you have a newsroom intern in need of something to do, it might be fun to cross-reference the council members with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission's database of campaign contributions.

http://www.kansas.gov/ethics/Campaign_Finance/Campaign_Contributor_Data/index.html

Be sure to check data from both gubernatorial and senate races. ;)

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Kim Murphree 2 years, 8 months ago

Just give me the figures on their salaries...please.

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autie 2 years, 8 months ago

Ronaldo,you of all people should see what is going on here....Brownie is creating smoke and mirrors to strengthen the man....the man that is in your business and regulating you to death....while lying to your face about smaller, less intrusive government. He is out to control your every breath in the long term. Guys like you and me don't mean squat to them as long as we produce and pay....for them. Unless you stand to benefit from the tax breaks that should be coming....I think we won't.

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notanota 2 years, 8 months ago

Since teh Google is faster than waiting for LJworld updates, the answer is:

Jody Horner of Cargill Meat Solutions, Patty Koehler of JR Custom Metals, David Murfin, of Murfin Drilling, Gerry O'Shaunghnessy of Lario Enterprises, Jeff Turner of Spirit AeroSystems. Patti Bossert, Key Staffing, Topeka; Ivan Crossland, Crossland Construction, Columbus; Cliff Illig, Cerner, Kansas City, Mo.; Bob Wheeler, retired from Hills Pet Nutrition; Jim Lewis, Lewis Automotive Group, Hays; Larry Sevier, Nex-Tech Wireless, Lenora; Dan Tasset, Nueterra, Leawood; Bob Page, University of Kansas Medical Center; Jan Lyons, National Cattleman's Beef Association, Manhattan; Steve Ortiz, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Mayetta; and Larry Jones, J O Cattle Co., Holcomb.

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Agnostick 2 years, 8 months ago

The first 19 people--10 of them from Koch Industries--will be paid an annual salary of $100,000.

The 20th person, in charge of faith-based economic initiatives, will be paid $200,000.

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notanota 2 years, 8 months ago

And how much you want to bet that Trabert's on this new council?

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50YearResident 2 years, 8 months ago

He keeps surrouning himself with "Like Thinkers". Is there no end to how many of his croneys he is going to employ on the State Payrol?

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majorfunding 2 years, 8 months ago

So, what is really his actual motive and who will suffer?

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handley 2 years, 8 months ago

How much are they going to get paid that would help fund the SRS.

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lawslady 2 years, 8 months ago

Yea, how much will this cost? And don't say "Nothing." Because we all know that at the very least the people appointed will not be donating their travel expenses. While "Rome burns," Nero the hero cuts programs for the arts and the poor and creates jobs/posts for like-minded rich white guys.

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Jonathan Kealing 2 years, 8 months ago

This is all AP has right now. Looking for more as we speak.

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tomatogrower 2 years, 8 months ago

Come on LJW. Find out how much this is going to cost us.

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