Archive for Friday, March 23, 2012

Construction firm owner is new KDOT secretary

March 23, 2012


— Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed the owner of a McPherson construction company to lead the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Brownback introduced 52-year-old Mike King as transportation secretary during a news conference Friday. King's appointment must be confirmed by the state Senate.

The governor said King has extensive experience in construction, including highway work. The new secretary has owned King Enterprise Group since 1991.

King said his company isn't involved in any state highway projects and concentrates on projects for the oil and gas industry. However, he said, he will put his interests in a blind trust.

He'll replace Barb Rankin, formerly KDOT's chief counsel, who became acting secretary in December following the resignation of Deb Miller.

Miller stepped down after nearly nine years as secretary to take a private-sector job.


JayhawkFan1985 6 years, 1 month ago

A man with no prior public service is going to make a government agency more efficient???

This is code for either cutting jobs or cutting constructions jobs or both. Both are a bad idea for a host of reasons. Government is no more, no less efficient than the private sector. Any who claims otherwise is a nut. Government and private business are efficient in different ways. Only the simple minded pursue efficiency at the expense of effectiveness and equity in the public realm.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 1 month ago

McPherson construction company does construction work in Lawrence,Kansas. They also are doing work in Overland,Park.

Anyone that Sam Brownback appoints tells much about their politics and where campaign money will come from.

Sam Brownback is not a truthful man.

Michael LoBurgio 6 years, 1 month ago

Kansas road builders blast House income tax reduction proposal

Kansas road builders are upset over a proposal in the state House to withhold $351 million from state highway projects in order to help cut state income-tax rates for families and small businesses.

“There has got to be a better way to reduce personal and corporate income taxes than taking it out of highway construction,” said Brian Hansen, of Dustrol Inc., a major state highway contractor in Towanda.

“Kansas legislators in the last 20 years of highway programs already have ‘borrowed’ more than $1.5 billion, which they’ve never paid back,” Hansen said. “This would decimate our business.”

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