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Parkinson responds to veto critique

Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson responded to a critique of his vetoes yesterday by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, which were included in a press release from the Tim Huelskamp campaign.

Said the governor:

I understand that as the Legislature heads home in an election year, things tend to take a political turn. However, I find myself once again completely dismayed at the behavior of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce.

The three largest utilities in Kansas – Westar Energy, KCP&L and Sunflower Electric – are all members of the Kansas Chamber.

Each of those companies contacted my office, asking that I veto the Huelskamp Proviso. They each stated that allowing it to become law would delay projects – thus delaying, jobs, economic development and growth for our state.

After consulting with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, I agreed with this interpretation. The Huelskamp proviso was bad public policy. Therefore, I vetoed it.

I would expect that the Chamber would be thankful that the wishes of its members – companies which employ hundreds of Kansans, contribute to our economy and keep our lights on – were met.

But instead, they reacted with another political attack – and categorized their own members, who were the ‘real beneficiaries’ of this veto, as ‘radical environmentalists’.

This constant rhetoric from the Kansas Chamber must stop. It is a black eye upon our state as we try to recruit companies to Kansas. Businesses expect the state chamber to be a common sense, balanced entity. Instead, it has become a partisan political machine that is counter-productive to our efforts to create jobs, grow the economy and move Kansas forward.

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One thought on “Parkinson responds to veto critique

  1. Huelskamp is getting hammered from every direction on this, as he should. He is a bad, hot-headed, irresponsible, ineffective legislator.

    Posted by kspolitico | May 28, 2010, 6:03 pm

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