Friday, September 19, 2014

Brownback pledges more jobs in vision for second term

By The Herald Staff | 8/13/2014

TOPEKA — Sam Brownback can create 100,000 private-sector jobs in four years.

But Kansas voters must keep him in the governor’s mansion to make it happen, his campaign said this week as it announced his “Road Map 2.0” plan for a second term.

TOPEKA — Sam Brownback can create 100,000 private-sector jobs in four years.

But Kansas voters must keep him in the governor’s mansion to make it happen, his campaign said this week as it announced his “Road Map 2.0” plan for a second term.

Gov. Brownback unveiled his vision for the state’s future Tuesday in Overland Park. “Road Map 2.0” focuses on growing the Kansas economy, according to the governor’s office.

“Creating 55,000 jobs is a good start, but we can do more,” Brownback said. “My goal for the next four years is 25,000 new jobs a year. That’s 100,000 new jobs for the hardworking people of Kansas.”

Speaking at BHC Rhodes Engineering, Overland Park, the incumbent governor said another term would focus on providing a stable tax environment for businesses; making Kansas the top location for companies considering reshoring activity, particularly in manufacturing, service and information technology; creating urban zones to revitalize high-poverty areas; and increasing event tourism through “aggressively pursing bringing new iconic brands to Kansas.”

Noting the increase in private-sector jobs during the Brownback’s first term, Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer said the Kansas portion of the Kansas City metro area was creating jobs three times faster than the Missouri side of the metro.

“Kansas is making a comeback,” Colyer said. “We are putting more people to work than at any time in the state’s history. As a result of our pro-growth tax policies, Kansans are keeping more of their hard-earned money in their pockets and investing in their future.”

In an email from Democrat challenger Paul Davis’ campaign, Brownback’s benchmarks for the first “Road Map” have not been matched, the campaign said.

“In just four years, Kansas lags behind the rest of the country in job growth, our education system is under attack, child poverty in our state is up, and Kansas is on track to rack up a billion-dollar deficit,” the email said.

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