FROM 13 NEWS -- Governor Mark Parkinson says upcoming talks on retaining Hawker Beechcraft Aviation in Kansas will rely on negotiations between the aviation giant and its machinists. His office helped reached a tentative deal toward that goal earlier this week.
But if the firm were to pull up stakes and move its operations to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the Governor believes it would have disastrous results for Wichita's already high unemployment rate.
He says Wichita's jobless numbers would spike to 10%, and the ripple effect could push that as high as 14% from other related services which would be hit hard in Sedgwick County by Hawker Beechcraft's departure.
Also hear what the Governor has to say to Ralph Hipp about reports that Louisiana is using a very large total of $400 million of its $5.5 billion dollar budget to entice HB to make the move. Parkinson adds, "if it's true that Katrina Relief funding (from Washington) is being used for that, it would be wrong."
On wibw.com: Listen to the Governor's assessment of the Kansas Elections November 2nd, and his prime concern as voters make their decisions in about three weeks.