Governor Kelly and AG Schmidt Respond to Report on Panasonic Deal Lack of Safeguards

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Republicans say a report that the deal luring a new Panasonic plant to Kansas includes no guarantees for job numbers or wages, shows the administration’s election-year desperation of Governor Laura Kelly.

Lawmakers approved an incentive package of nearly $830 million for the $4 billion project at Johnson Co. It includes a $500 million corporate investment tax credit and up to to $234 million in payroll rebates. But the Kansas City Star reports that it does not require the plant, which will make batteries for electric vehicles, to include a certain number of jobs or pay a minimum wage.

Current Attorney General Derek Schmidt, Kelly’s likely opponent in the November election, said it’s disappointing that a high-paying jobs ad doesn’t actually require high-paying jobs.

“It’s pretty disappointing when an announcement of high-paying jobs in election year is accompanied by a real demand for high-paying jobs,” Schmidt said. “We need a governor who will be more responsible with taxpayers’ money. Kansas can do better.

Kelly’s office told 13 NEWS that part of the incentive was payroll-related and that it wouldn’t make sense for a company to make a major investment in a new facility without hiring workers for it. ‘utilize.

“Panasonic is a well-established company with a solid track record of success. We are confident that Panasonic will hire the workers necessary to make a return on its investment. Moreover, hiring these workers is the only way for the company to obtain the incentives We put this requirement in place to minimize the risk to the state and maximize the benefits to Kansas workers.

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