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Klepper — Tiahrt to Parkinson: opposition to coal plants has already cost $4 million in lost job training

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

McClatchy’s David Klepper:

U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt wrote to Kansas Lt. (for now) Gov. Mark Parkinson today to voice his support for the two western Kansas coal plants that are again at the center of a state political fight.

He tells Parkinson that the rejection of the plants by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ administration has already cost Garden City Community College $4 million in lost job training grants.


Here’s the text of the letter:

March 10, 2009

The Honorable Mark ParkinsonOffice of the Lt. GovernorCapitol, 300 SW 10th Ave., Ste. 212STopeka, KS 66612-1590

Dear Lt. Governor Parkinson:

I write to call your attention to recent developments involving further lost economic opportunities in Western Kansas and ask for your assistance in helping address the situation. As you know, Garden City Community College this month was asked to return a $2 million federal grant that was intended to be used to train workers constructing two electrical generating plants near Holcomb. Because of this, the college also lost out on approximately $2 million in private matching dollars for a total economic loss of $4 million.

Because Governor Sebelius has blocked construction of the power plants, the U.S. Department of Labor is demanding that the $2 million grant for job training be returned. We were aware of the thousands of direct Kansas jobs delayed because of the governor’s actions; now we learn that even our colleges are suffering financial consequences. Our state economy has enough economic challenges without further obstructions that will only delay new jobs and educational opportunities.

As I have previously stated, the clean coal power plants proposed for Western Kansas could be constructed entirely with private dollars and operated by a company from Hays. We must work together toward energy independence using an all-of-the-above approach. Wind, solar, nuclear, geothermal, hydrogen fuel cell, clean coal, petroleum, and biofuels all need to be a part of the solution.

Should circumstances dictate that you become Governor of Kansas, I ask you to permit the electrical generating plants to be constructed in a timely manner. More delays will only lead to higher construction costs, further hardships for Kansans seeking a job, and negative financial consequences to institutions like Garden City Community College.

By permitting the private sector to move forward with construction of the electrical generating plants, you can send a strong message that Kansas is open for business. Jobs will be created, state revenue will increase, and educational institutions like Garden City Community College will be able to play an expanded role helping educate workers.

Thank you for your attention to this critical energy, jobs, and now educational issue facing our state.

Best regards,

Todd Tiahrt

Member of Congress

10,000 new jobs? Just the latest fabrication from Sebelius.

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

The Kansas Meadowlark looks at a recent claim, one with no reported facts to support it, from Gov. Sebelius, Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson, and KDOT officials.

“Brian Wilson reported that Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) explained that $365 million in debt-stimulus would support 10,000 jobs in Maryland.  Wilson showed that the average highway construction worker makes about $32,000 a year.  10,000 jobs * $32,000 = $320 million, or 87.7% of the total, leaving only 12.3% for construction materials, like concrete, asphalt, steel.”


“Wilson investigated where the 10,000 job number came from.  Wilson could find no hard evidence for the 10,000 figure, and the one source he found had a huge disclaimer.  Watch the  “Crunching the Numbers” video.

Wilson asked an economist if the job numbers could be believed.  Economist Peter Morici said the numbers were “absolutely inaccurate” and are a “gross exaggeration.”

Today, Kansas announced $377 million in highway projects that would provide 10,000 to 11,000 jobs.  Wilson’s job math seems to beg similar questions in Kansas, and whether there really are 10,000 jobs here.”

The Meadowlark concludes:

“Using Brian Wilson’s job math,  yearly salaries for 10,000 to 11,000 highway jobs would cost about $320 million to $352 million.  This would mean that 84.9% to 93.4% of the total cost for these highway construction jobs would be salaries, leaving only 6.6% to 15.1% to buy concrete, asphalt, steel, and all the other materials to build the roads and bridges.”