Brownback team will review state efforts to help economy

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The transition team for Kansas Governor-elect Sam Brownback is meeting with state eco-devo agencies and departments that have some role in the economy to better understand what they’re about to take over. Brownback’s transition team announced a new group, the Economy and Jobs Agency Outreach Team, that will meet with these agencies to get a handle on how well they work. The top priorities of a Brownback Administration will be to grow the state’s economy, get the more than 100,000 unemployed Kansans back to work and balance a state budget that faces a budget defict upwards to $500 million,” said transition team chairman Kenny Wilk in a statement. “The EJAOT members are listening and learning about state agencies and programs which have a direct impact on the state’s economy so Gov.-Elect Brownback and Lt. Gov.-Elect Colyer have a detailed understanding of each agency to help them achieve their goals.” In English this means the team will meet with entities like the departments of Revenue or Labor to understand their programs and assess how well they’re working. Brownback’s administration will then use the information when realigning state government or figuring out proposals for the state. The team — all private business leaders — met this week the Departments of Commerce, Agriculture, Revenue and Labor and Kansas Inc., KTEC and Kansas Bioscience Authority, all eco-devo agencies. Here’s who’s on the team: Wichita City Councilwoman Sue Schlapp, Jeff Melcher, Delbert Selectman, Dale Rodman, Jim Spigarelli, Janie Welsh and Denise Walsh. Its chairman is Wichita oil and gas executive Dave Murfin.