Wichita Chamber of Commerce

Fact-checking Yes Wichita: Boeing incentives

Fact-checking Yes Wichita: Boeing incentives

The claim that the "city never gave Boeing incentives" will come as news to the Wichita city officials who dished out over $600 million in subsidies and incentives to the company. At a forum on the proposed Wichita sales tax on September 9, 2014, "Yes Wichita" co-chair Jon Rolph told the audience "The main reason I'm here, I need to educate folks on this. There's been a lot of misinformation out there." The proposed one cent per dollar Wichita sales tax will be voted on by Wichita voters in November. The city plans to use the proceeds for four areas:…
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Fostering economic growth in Wichita

Kansas Policy Institute is hosting a conference titled "Fostering Economic Growth in Wichita." This is the second in a series of events looking at issues surrounding the proposed sales tax in Wichita. Voters will see the sales tax question on the ballot in November. This event focuses on the economic development, or jobs, portion of the sales tax. The other areas sales tax funds would be spent on are a new water supply, street maintenance and repair, and bus transit. This is event on Friday September 19, from 7:30 am to noon, held in room 132 of the Wichita State…
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Fact-checking Yes Wichita: Arithmetic

Fact-checking Yes Wichita: Arithmetic

A group promoting the proposed Wichita sales tax makes an arithmetic error, which gives us a chance to ask a question: Is this error an indication of Yes Wichita and the city's attitude towards, and concern for, factual information? "Yes Wichita" is a group that promotes a one cent per dollar sales tax that Wichita voters will see on the November ballot. Using a $10 purchase as an example, a page on the Yes Wichita website breaks down the tax among the four areas of spending sales tax revenue, informing voters that means 6.3 cents to water, 2 cents to…
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Fact-checking Yes Wichita: NetApp incentives

Fact-checking Yes Wichita: NetApp incentives

In making the case that economic development incentives are necessary and successful in creating jobs, a Wichita campaign overlooks the really big picture. In November Wichita voters will decide whether to approve a sales tax of one cent per dollar. Part of the proceeds, about 20 percent, is dedicated to economic development, specifically the creation of jobs. On its website under the heading "Most of our growth comes from within," the "Yes Wichita" campaign presents this argument in favor of sales tax revenue for economic development: In the past, more than 90% of our existing economic development resources have been…
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Jennifer Baysinger: More than one business voice in Wichita

By Jennifer Baysinger Monday’s decision by the Chamber of Commerce to support Wichita’s sales tax initiative was disappointing, though not a surprise. Even without a clear plan from City Hall, the Chamber has been vocally supportive of the referendum for months. However, there is more than one business voice in Wichita. I believe the Chamber’s decision is unrepresentative of our city’s business community as a whole. It was business leaders who first approached me with concerns regarding the potential tax hike when the Coalition for a Better Wichita began to take shape. Making it more expensive to be a business…
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Sedgwick County elections: Commissioners

Sedgwick County elections: Commissioners

In Sedgwick County, two fiscally conservative commission candidates prevailed. This year three of the five positions on the Sedgwick County Board of Commissioners are up for election. Unlike the Wichita city Council, Sedgwick County commissioners run as members of a party, and compete in both primary and general elections. There can be independent and third-party candidates too. This year for one of the Sedgwick County commission districts the incumbent Republican ran unopposed. But in two other districts, there were spirited contests. In district four, which covers north-central and northwest Wichita, Maize, Valley Center, and Park City, incumbent Richard Ranzau was…
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Problems with the Wichita economy. Is it cronyism?

Problems with the Wichita economy. Is it cronyism?

In this excerpt from WichitaLiberty.TV: The Wichita economy has not performed well. Could cronyism be a contributing factor? Mayor Carl Brewer says it’s time to put politics and special interests aside. Is our political leadership capable of doing this? View below, or click here to view at YouTube.
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A lesson for Wichita in economic development

A lesson for Wichita in economic development

When a prominent Wichita business executive and civic leader asked for tax relief, his reasoning allows us to more fully understand the city's economic development efforts and nature of the people city hall trusts to lead these endeavors. In November 2013 the Wichita City Council granted an exemption from paying property and sales tax for High Touch Technologies, a company located in downtown Wichita. This application is of more than usual interest as the company's CEO, Wayne Chambers, is now chair of the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber, along with its subsidiary Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition, are…
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