WICHITA, Kansas — Governor Sam Brownback is expected to make an announcement at Bombardier Learjet on Tuesday regarding aviation jobs in Wichita. Local leaders say it will mean more jobs and opportunities.
The announcement comes just days after Boeing says it will be leaving the Air Capital.
“We’ve got some other things that are positives for the local area. Bombardier Learjet is looking at expansion in their area,” said State Treasurer Ron Estes at a Republican Women United meeting on Saturday.
Kansas leaders including Estes, Senator Dick Kelsey, and Sedgwick County Commissioner Karl Peterjohn, shared their opinions about Boeing’s announcement to shut down its Wichita plant at the meeting.
They say they are looking at the reasons Boeing says it’s leaving, and making improvements to attract more businesses to Wichita.
“Requiring voter approval for any property tax hike is something I’ve long advocated. It’s long overdue. Three of our four surrounding states already have that reform. That’s needed here and now,” said Commissioner Peterjohn.
Officials say they are also looking at how to expand the wind, oil, and gas industries in Kansas.