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Press Release: Laura Kelly Failed to Secure Jobs or Pay Commitment from Panasonic

(TOPEKA, Kan.) – Governor Laura Kelly failed to secure the thousands of jobs she promised Kansans through the Panasonic plant agreement. Not only was she unable to secure jobs but she also did not ensure minimum wage or salary standards, a critical component of any economic incentive package.

Nathan Jensen, a professor at the University of Texas-Austin who studies economic development incentives told the Kansas City Star:  “My jaw is dropping that there aren’t wage and labor standards. That is economic development 101. That is shocking.”


“Laura Kelly gave over $800 million in taxpayer-funded incentives in a secret deal to a foreign corporation without even getting them to guarantee a single job in Kansas,” said Shannon Pahls, KSGOP Executive Director. “This is just the latest example of the incompetence and desperation of election-year Laura Kelly. Come November, Kansans will elect Derek Schmidt who has the strength and common sense to make a deal that will benefit Kansas workers and their families.”