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Gov. Sam Brownback plans trade mission to Russia

October 4, 2011

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback plans to join officials and ranchers from Colorado and Montana on a 12-day trade mission to Russia and Kazakhstan to promote the U.S. livestock industry.

Brownback’s office announced Monday that the delegation will be traveling from Thursday through Oct. 17. Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman also is in the delegation.

In Russia, the delegation will attend a livestock exposition, tour farms and ranches and meet with beef producers to discuss livestock genetics. The delegation also will market agricultural equipment, animal feed ingredients and animal health goods and services.

In Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic, the delegation will have meetings about increasing Kansas exports.

Funds for the trade mission are being provided through a U.S. Department of Agriculture program.

Comments

gccs14r 3 years, 11 months ago

With Brownback in attendance, nothing can go wrong.

sad_lawrencian 3 years, 11 months ago

They're going to Kazakhstan? I hope they don't run into Borat!

Frederic Gutknecht IV 3 years, 11 months ago

You mean the Feds are providing junket monies to further Backbrown's political career and stimulate worldwide BULL? Brilliant.

cowboy 3 years, 11 months ago

Brownback to arrive in Kazhakstan airport with clothings, US dollars, and a jar of gypsy tears to protect him from AIDS.

cowboy 3 years, 11 months ago

to do list get chest shave so can pose on horse with Putin get Borats sister number

mloburgio 3 years, 11 months ago

Kansas Legislator Pensions Inflated More Than Ten Fold A May KansasReporter.org story said that Kansas legislators get credit for working 372 days a year.

Although Kansas legislators work part time and are paid only during the 90 legislative session and days their committees meet outside that window, lawmakers who choose to join the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) pay their contributions into the system as if they worked every single calendar day of the year plus one more week

Legislators are the only classification of Kansas public employee that can draw down benefits based on a annualized salary.

Kansas Legislator example

Salary: $7,979

Inflation #1: Based on 372 day year = $32,982

Inglation #2: Include $123 per diem (also for 372 days) = $45,756

Inflation #3: Include payments for expenses while not in session = $7,083

Total salary for pension calculation: $83,216

Government employees enrolled in KPERS and hired before July 1, 2009, make a 4 percent employee contribution. State employees hired after that date contribute 6 percent.

Legislators’ make the same percentage contribution but it is based on their annualized total pay and expenses of $83,216. The contribution is 42 or 65 percent of their actual $7,979 annual base pay only.

KPERS is currently reported to have an $8.3 billion gap between what’s been promised to the 260,000 active, inactive and retired state workers through 2033 and the projected resources it will have to pay those benefits. A special commission has been created to find ways to close the gap.

The $8.3 billion gap is expected to more than double under new pension reporting rules likely to take effect by 2014. http://kansas.watchdog.org/7604/kansas-legislator-pensions-inflated-more-than-ten-fold/

jhawkinsf 3 years, 11 months ago

Maybe we should trade Brownback for Putin.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 11 months ago

This trip is reckless spending by RINO's which threw out the fiscal responsible nature of republicans.

These countries do not want USA beef for fear of mad cow disease. They know that this group of people represent zero regulations and no enforcement of testing USA beef for Mad Cow disease. This is pork barrel spending by RINO thinkers.

These countries KNOW how to find USA beef IF they had the desire. Some countries refuse USA beef because they want every head of cattle tested for Mad Cow disease. The USA refuses to meet such high standards.

Loose spending RINO's is what this group represents.

Beth Ennis 3 years, 11 months ago

what does this have to do with Kansas? He is going with ranchers from Colorado and Montana. Last time I looked, he unfortunately for us, is not the governor for Colorado or Montana. He is a joke. He is only trying to set himself up to be President, God forbid. Please do us all a favor and stay over there.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 11 months ago

Brownback might team up with RINO Rick Perry. If so RINO Brownback should resign from office.

Reaganomics aka Wreckanomics was the end of the republican party. Shining examples of no more republican party for which Reagan/Bush set the stage in the name of criminal led politics goes like this:

  1. Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan home loan Scandal
  2. Iran Contra = Secret weapons deal with Iran to funnel large numbers of weapons to the dictator led rebels in Nicaragua
  3. Initiating a military campaign in the oil rich nations that has yet to see an end
  4. Bush/Cheney expanding the military campaign beyond belief
  5. Bush/CheneyWall Street Banks Home Loan Scandal
  6. Bush/Cheney $700 Billion bailout in which Citicorp,Bank of Ameica and AIG were the only institutions truly at risk NOT several institutions that were MISLEAD to believe.
  7. Bush/Cheney economics that killed 11 million jobs,retirement plans,medical insurance plans which in the end destroyed USA economics.

All of the above were accomplished by republican "business people" posing as republicans yet in real life are lying, dangerous and criminally insane RINO's. RINO leadership do not want republicans in office.

Getaroom 3 years, 11 months ago

OH, the gestapo leader travels again! Must be another goose-stepping prayer opportunity for Brownbackward and he should take Krauthammer and blubbering Gov. Rick Perry(before he attacks Mexico) with him to leave as "Fair Trade" gifts. No returning the gifts, thank you very much. That would save the LJW some $$'s by not feeling pressed into running any more articles about Perry, or printing Krauthammer's idiotic, Fascist articles. Unless of course, Post Cards From The Edge of Sanity are considered news worthy. Come to think of it, that has been happening all along. I must say however that Faux Network does have a near Monopoly on that.

Kyle Chandler 3 years, 11 months ago

Get with it DUDE. Obama is just another carbon copy Chess Piece. Why don't you whine about someone else, he's only done less damage than the 4 previous Presidents so get over it. Are you going to go on about how awesome DUBYA was next? I don't support any of his crap much like i didn't supports anyone elses crap. Latest Poll FOX news is rotting your brain.

kernal 3 years, 11 months ago

Do Kansas cattle ranchers even have enough extra cattle to sell to Russia? Last I heard, many of them were selling off their spring herds this summer due to lack of feed and water due to the drought. Doubt that changed since the drought has progressed to worse instead of better for much of Kansas.

Jan Rolls 3 years, 11 months ago

This is sam the sham's last stop as a politician. If he tried to run for anything else he would be laughed at just as much as some of those nut jobs running now like newt, cain bachman and johnson.

trinity 3 years, 11 months ago

Ok somebody who has a better memory than I; seems I read something just very recently that Brownie has invested in Japanese cattle? Seriously, I read this...he's got his hands in some sort of ranch deal that's raising this recently brought over breed of cattle. Don't have the time or I'd google it myself...

Lenette Hamm 3 years, 11 months ago

So happy to see that Brownback is wasting our tax dollars. Again. For what?

tolawdjk 3 years, 11 months ago

Any particular reason there isn't, say, a Kansas rancher going over on this junket? Or is Brownback promoting US livestock and maybe if he sells a couple Kansas hefiers on the side, that's just gravy.

I mean, its great if Greely or Helena moves a few more thousand head, but someone would have thought Dodge City could have been included.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 11 months ago

This trip will likely cost Kansas taxpayers $100,000 - $150,000 tax dollars if not more.

Brownback must be stocking up on those special interest campaign dollars...

blindrabbit 3 years, 11 months ago

While in Kazakhstan Smilin Sam will introduce that the State formerly known as Kansas will be called "Brownbackistan" in dealing with Russia and the former Central Asia Soviet Republics. This should prove advantageous to Sam as his conservative policies will approximate the repression experienced in the other "Stans". The main issue for Sam on this trip will no-doubt be an exploration of converting that part of the world to his demented form of Christianity. As a prelude to the trip, Sam has asked that Rick Perry join him in a prayer seance and a good old Texas Blessing, since Sam had thrown his support behind Perry's presidental campaign.

Also, according to Michelle Bachmann, this trip will cost less than the $200,000,000 per day that President Obama's trip to Southeast Asia cost the taxpayers last year. God bless all, everyone!

voevoda 3 years, 11 months ago

If Governor Brownback goes with an open mind, he might actually learn something.

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