Brownback Unveils Last Leg Of Road Map 2.0

By: The Associated Press; Greg Palmer
By: The Associated Press; Greg Palmer

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW/AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback is promising to finish work on a 50-year water conservation plan for Kansas if he's re-elected this fall.

The Republican governor also said Democratic challenger Paul Davis has no credibility on water issues because he showed no interest in the subject as a legislator.

Brownback held a news conference Wednesday on a boat ramp on the Kansas River to discuss water policy and protecting the state's natural resources. It's the last piece of his re-election campaign platform. His administration is already working on a 50-year water plan and expects to roll out pieces of it next year.

The governor says his administration already plans to issue $20 million in bonds for reservoir dredging.

Gov. Sam Brownback says he's open to proposals for phasing out a renewable energy requirement for Kansas utilities because policies aimed at nurturing the wind industry shouldn't remain in place forever.

Brownback also said Wednesday that he's not developing a proposal of his own and wants wind energy companies, critics of the requirement and other interested parties to negotiate a new policy.

But Brownback said he has supported the policy because it helped develop the wind industry in Kansas but said the industry is now strong.

A 2009 state law requires utilities to have wind and other renewable sources account for 15 percent of their peak capacity for generating electricity by 2016 and 20 percent by 2020. Brownback said such policies shouldn't remain forever.

Davis campaign spokesman Chris Pumpelly did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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