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Minutes for SB222 - Committee on Assessment and Taxation

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One-year moratorium on PEAK awards.

Minutes Content for Thu, Mar 9, 2017

Vice Chair Kerschen opened a hearing on SB222.

Adam Siebers presented to the Committee a description of SB222.  He stood for questions.

Dave Trabert presented testimony to the Committee in support of SB222, saying PEAK has "no proven benefit to taxpayers.  (Attachment 1)  He stood for questions. 

Jeff Glendening presented testimony in support of SB222 by stating he urges "a one year freeze on the PEAK program and . . . would repeal the program entirely".  (Attachment 2)  He stood for questions. 

No testimony neutral to SB222 was presented to the Committee.

Eric Stafford presented testimony in opposition to SB222 by saying the program "attracts investment from both out-of-sate companies as well as companies seeking to expand within out state".  (Attachment 3) He stood for questions. 

Tom Robinett presented testimony to the Committee in opposition to SB222 stated "it would be much better to address those concerns specifically, retaining and strengthening PEAK".  (Attachment 4) He stood for questions.

Blake Schreck presented testimony to the Committee in opposition to SB222 by saying PEAK is a "critical asset in insuring that our state is prepared to globally compete for valuable projects that create quality jobs for Kansans and generate significant new revenue streams for the state".  (Attachment 5)  He stood for questions. 

Jason Watkins presented testimony to the Committee in opposition to SB222 referencing "a report from Legislative Post Audit shows a positive return on investment for the state of Kansas on the PEAK program.  (Attachment 6) He stood for questions. 

Matt Pivarnik presented testimony to the Committee in opposition to SB222 by saying "without the program, our community would almost certainly have lost at least some . . . major projects".  (Attachment 7)  He stood for questions. 

Andrew Nave presented testimony to the Committee in opposition to SB222 by describing how "in Wichita and south-central Kansas, the PEAK program has been a significant benefit to our success".  (Attachment 8) He stood for questions. 

Secretary Antonio Soave presented testimony in opposition to SB222 by describing in detail the PEAK program. (Attachment 9)  He stood for questions.

Written only testimony presented to the Committee in opposition to SB222 was presented by: Kurt Kuta, CoreFirst Bank and Trust (Attachment 10); Tim McKee, Olathe Chamber of Commerce (Attachment 11); Lyle Butler, Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce (Attachment 12); Matt Masilionis, RMTA Architects, Mission Woods  (Attachment 13); Hugh Carter, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce (Attachment 14); and Betty Nelson-Ekey, CBIZ Inc. (Attachment 15).

When all questions from the Committee were answered, Vice Chair Kerschen closed the hearing on SB222.