Archive for Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Brownback vows to keep Boeing in Wichita

November 22, 2011


— Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday vowed to hold Boeing to its commitment to building a portion of the U.S. Air Force's new refueling aircraft in Wichita.

On Monday, Boeing announced that it was conducting an internal study on the future of its defense plant in Wichita, including the possibility of closing it.

Brownback, a former U.S. senator, said and he and the Kansas congressional delegation fought long and hard to help Boeing secure the $35 billion contract to build 179 aerial refueling tankers. The contract award came earlier this year after years of contentious wrangling and high-dollar lobbying.

"In many respects you wouldn't have this contract if it wasn't for the effort of the Kansas delegation," Brownback said.

Brownback said he is pursuing a meeting with Boeing officials to find out what is going on.

He read from an April 30, 2010 news release from Boeing in which the company said Kansas would benefit from approximately 7,500 jobs with an estimated $388 million annual impact if Boeing was selected as the contractor for the refueling aircraft. "Boeing employees working at the Wichita, Kan. site will play an important role in modifying 767 airplanes into NewGen military tankers if the company is selected for the contract," the news release said.

Brownback said, "We are going to hold the Boeing company to these words."

He said there wasn't anything the state could do legally to force Boeing to stay in Kansas, but he noted that Kansas has two U.S. House members that serve on the House appropriations and budget committees. "Boeing is a major user of federal funds," Brownback said.

State Rep. Steve Brunk, R-Bel Aire, said Boeing's announcement was "unsettling news."

"Kansas has been really good not just for Boeing but aviation in general," he said.


Gandalf 6 years, 7 months ago

With guv brownie doing his best to dumbdown the Kansas population, why would Boeing want to stay? Because the guv believes the world is only a few thousand years old? Creationism is science? If god wanted man to fly he woulda gave us wings. right?

Crazy_Larry 6 years, 7 months ago

Why would Boeing want to stay? Because Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts voted to buy $2.5 billion dollars worth of C-17 cargo planes. Planes that the Pentagon says it doesn't want. The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III.

Oh, by the way, the Pentagon's base budget for planes, ships, missiles, and guns has grown more than 50% since 2000. When will the Republicrats acknowledge the elephant in the room, military spending?

Jesus Wrote a Blank Check

itwasthedukes 6 years, 6 months ago

I suppose you believe that you know everything and all is explained by Scientology? Here is something I'm sure you have said has never happen "" even though I'm sure you are among the few enlightened. Please continue to teach us wise one.

guesswho 6 years, 7 months ago

And, he gets to pick and choose what type of government money Kansas receives? I thought he was preparing Kansas for the day when there would not be federal monies flowing into Kansas.

mloburgio 6 years, 7 months ago

But boeing promised us they would stay....

Gov. Sam Brownback and Kansas’ congressional delegation issued their own statement, reminding Boeing of its promised commitments to Kansas, namely the 7,500 jobs the company said would come to the state as part of its U.S. Air Force tanker project.

i have often wondered, if abortion is murder would using a condon be kidnapping?

ignatius_j_reilly 6 years, 7 months ago

Does the timing of this not catch anyone else's attention? This follows up the supercommittee's failure, triggering cuts of the Defense Dept., in turn meaning big loss of business to government contractors like Boeing. This is simply a part of the Defense-contractors campaign to show how devastated America will be with the cuts to Defense.

ignatius_j_reilly 6 years, 7 months ago

Does the timing of this not catch anyone else's attention? This follows up the supercommittee's failure, triggering cuts of the Defense Dept., in turn meaning big loss of business to government contractors like Boeing. This is simply a part of the Defense-contractors campaign to show how devastated America will be with the cuts to Defense.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 7 months ago

I thought it was solely up to the "job creators" to create jobs. Is Sam trying to tell us now that he pushed for the tanker contracts for Boeing not because he thought it was a prudent expenditure for reasons of national defense, but rather as a government jobs bill?

And shouldn't Sam be doing everything he can to prevent those defense dollars from coming to Kansas-- after all, it's all federally tainted money.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 7 months ago

"Who's signing the worker's paychecks, Boeing or the federal gov't?"

Exactly-- why is Brownback meddling in Boeing's private "job creator" business?

" I suppose you would've been OK with Solyndra's half billion had they not gone belly up, no?"

And you're only down with that $half billion because it did fail.

Do really know anything about what happened with Solyndra other than that the echo chamber has told you should mention (with no indication of any knowledge of what actually transpired) it a dozen times a day?

Jeez, what am I doing. I'm talking to a sock puppet.

mloburgio 6 years, 6 months ago

Bush Administration Initiated Solyndra Loan Guarantee. At a September congressional hearing, former DOE official Jonathan Silver testified that the Bush administration's DOE selected 16 projects, including Solyndra, from 143 submissions to move forward in the loan guarantee process. During the final days of the Bush administration, the DOE loan guarantee credit committee, consisting of career officials, said that although the Solyndra project "appears to have merit," the committee needed more information. The Bush administration developed a schedule for due diligence on the Solyndra project and in March 2009, the same credit committee of career officials recommended approval of the application. [Media Matters, 9/19/11]

jayhawklawrence 6 years, 7 months ago

Apparently, there are different categories of federally tainted money and airplanes are exempt.

Crazy_Larry 6 years, 7 months ago

What about the Bush tax cuts?!?! You owe us jobs, Boeing!

Bang the Drum!

Orwell 6 years, 6 months ago

Here goes "conservative" Sam meddling in the private sector again.

Anybody want to set an over/under on how much new corporate welfare for Boeing he'll pony up on Kansans' behalf?

question4u 6 years, 6 months ago

"Who's signing the worker's paychecks, Boeing or the federal gov't?"

Now just get Flim-Flam Sam to be consistent with that logic, and we'll have the Kansas Arts Commission back. State and matching federal funds go to local arts centers that present plays, symphonies and exhibitions. Who's signing the workers' paychecks, the arts centers or the state and federal gov't?"

Argue all you want that funding refueling aircraft is a core function of government and funding the arts isn't, but that has nothing to do with who signs workers' paychecks. The origin of the money is the same.

Now try arguing that money laundering makes mob money untouchable by the FBI. After all, it doesn't matter where the money has come from, only where it's been recently, right?

Phillbert 6 years, 6 months ago

We all know how this will end. Boeing, a company that survives on government contracts, will get "incentives" from the state (i.e. taxpayers) to stay. And all the Republicans who supposedly worship small government and the free market will applaud.

lucky_guy 6 years, 6 months ago

In the end this is just a kabuki dance that Boeing is putting on to get more money from Wichita and get Sen Roberts and Moran to pony up more defense spending. This will get the Boeing CEO more money and not end well for Kansas. Been there done that with Hawker Beechcraft a couple years ago.

Kansass 6 years, 6 months ago

There's nothing we can do legally, but don't think we're above using threats and illegal methods to get our way. I'm sure Boeing is really scared Sam.

Jimo 6 years, 6 months ago

How is this possible? As Sam has explained many times, if the state worked on reducing (or even eliminating) taxes and dumped all those regulatory impediments on business then the job creators would survey the vast expanse of the U.S. and conclude that they really wish to locate in ..... Kansas!

Instead, we have a corporate shakedown of government by a manufacturer that sucks at the government teat, no doubt in part because 'a great place to raise kids' is code-speak for 'as boring as hell,' a place at war with art, science, and knowledge in general, a state openly hostile to women, anyone 'of color,' and full of undisguised hatred of gays. Gee, why would anyone wish to be anywhere else?

William Weissbeck 6 years, 6 months ago

Does the name South Carolina mean anything? Boeing is politically active and will use threats against each state to negotiate its best deal. It moved its HQ from Seattle to Chicago because of incentives. It built a non-union assembly line in SC to thumb its nose at its state of Washington workers, and for the incentives. It is now engaged in a fight to the death to use the Senators and Gov. of SC to cripple the NLRB. Remember a few years back it sold off some of its Wichita interests to a Canadian company to get out from under the unions. Boeing is a corporation that believes it is too important, too big to fail and therefore can dictate to mere politicians what it wants.

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