Wichita Rep. Jim Ward responds to Boeing announcement
January 4, 2012
The following statement is attributed to State Rep. Jim Ward (D - Wichita). Rep. Ward serves the 88th District in the Kansas House of Representatives and also serves as the Chair of the South Central Kansas Legislative Delegation
“This is a very sad day for Wichita and Kansas. It is heartbreaking that 2,100 highly skilled workers lost their jobs today. It is outrageous we will not be getting the 7,500 jobs promised by Boeing when they got the Tanker contract. Make no mistake Wichita will survive. Kansas will survive. We will be stronger.
Boeing is the poster child for corporate tax incentives. This company has benefited from property tax incentives, sales tax exemptions, infrastructure investments and other tax breaks at every level of government. These incentives were provided in an effort to retain and create thousands of Kansas jobs. We will be less trusting in the future of corporate promises.”
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To view a list of incentives that the State of Kansas has provided Boeing in recent years, click here.