Daily Archives: Jan. 9, 2013

Brownback pleased with extension of wind tax credit

Gov. Sam Brownback was pleased that Congress included an extension of the production tax credit for wind-energy products in the fiscal-cliff deal. Brownback had joined 27 other governors to advocate for the PTC, which has been key to the $3 billion investment in wind power that Kansas saw in 2011 and 2012. One study also found that Kansas landowners had received $273 million in income by leasing land for the wind turbines. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran also supported the extension, but it was opposed by all of Kansas’ House delegation, with Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, leading the criticism that the wind industry needed to move off the taxpayer dole.

Huelskamp claims family will be attacked because of vote

Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, is using his failed coup attempt against House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to try to raise money from the tea party. “Voting against a sitting speaker of the House was a great risk,” Huelskamp wrote in an e-mail. “They will punish me. They will attack my family.” But Huelskamp vowed that he “will not be intimidated,” and he asked conservatives to stand with him and contribute $35. Others warned that the fundraising e-mail will only further alienate Huelskamp from House Republicans. A GOP House aide told Roll Call: “You have to be a special kind of person to think that’s a good idea.”