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Economic development

Coal battle moves to court
May 22, 2008
House Speaker Melvin Neufeld on Wednesday declared there would be no attempt to override Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ veto of legislation that would have authorized construction of two coal-fired power plants.
Sebelius vetoes third bill allowing coal-fired plants
May 17, 2008
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has for the third time vetoed a bill to allow two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas and limit the power of the regulator who has blocked their construction.
Coal plant debate stays at impasse
May 6, 2008
The wrap-up session continued Monday as lawmakers argued over the final spending bill and a measure allowing two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas.
Sebelius’ coal veto stands
Lawmakers fall short in override attempt
May 2, 2008
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ veto of two coal-fired power plants survived a furious charge from legislative leaders on Thursday.
6News video: Sebelius’ veto stands
May 1, 2008
Out of the Statehouse tonight: supporters of two coal-fired power plants fail to override Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ veto of a bill allowing their construction.
House fails to override veto of coal-fired plants
May 1, 2008
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ veto of a bill authorizing two coal-fired plants has been upheld.
Power plant struggle resumes
Senate overrides second veto, adds meter charge
May 1, 2008
As the standoff continued Wednesday over the proposed coal-fired power project in southwest Kansas, a new measure emerged that would hit every electric customer in the state.
6News video: Senate overrides coal plant veto
April 30, 2008
After months of blowing smoke, things heat up today between the two sides involved in a power struggle at the Statehouse. 6News reporter Ben Bauman has more.
Second coal plant bill OK’d
April 5, 2008
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Friday vowed to veto a second bill approved by the Legislature that would allow the construction of two 700-megawatt coal-fired plants.
Lawmakers to take hard look at audit
February 26, 2008
Lawmakers said Monday a recent audit that says Kansas has spent $1.5 billion over the past five years on economic development has gotten their attention.
City’s job focus ‘behind the times’
January 15, 2008
After wading through pages of documents about what area cities do to attract new jobs and businesses to their communities, City Commissioner Mike Amyx offered one brief summary. “It seems to me that we’re kind of behind the times,” Amyx said as part of a City Commission study session Monday morning about economic development activities.
Lawmakers want more from eco-devo funds
September 30, 2007
Lawmakers looked stunned at what Kansas Revenue Secretary Joan Wagnon was telling them. Four hundred million dollars? That’s right. Last week, Wagnon told a legislative committee that businesses in Kansas were holding $400 million in state tax credits that lawmakers had given them.
A mixed report card
Official: Outlook good, but improvements needed
January 11, 2007
Kansas’ economy is improving but lags in some important areas, a state official testified Wednesday.
KU shares medical affiliation plans with legislators
Part of ‘life sciences corridor’ effort
December 11, 2006
State officials Monday said they were OK with attempts by Kansas University to reach into Missouri for life science partnerships, but only if it also helps Kansas. “This is not like football,” said Dave Kerr, speaking on behalf of the KU Hospital board. “We should embrace an opportunity to make Missouri hospitals better, as long as our institutions are made better too.”
Kansas likely to be ‘giant retirement community’
Experts: Tough challenges ahead demographically and economically
October 27, 2006
This wasn’t a pep rally for the Kansas economy.