Kansas Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer, and four members of Governor Sam Brownback’s Cabinet, visited Salina on Tuesday. Joining Colyer was Secretary of Commerce Pat George, Secretary of Transportation Mike King, Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan, and Secretary of Labor Lana Gordon. The “growth team” met with key Salina business leaders and with the media.
One of the topics of discussion an idea for a new transload rail facility. Transportation Secretary King said that several locations around Kansas, including Salina, have been identified as a prime location. A combination of state and federal funds would help pay for the project, which would cost in the $5 million range. The project would benefit industry in the area that ship large quantities of items. King cautioned that though his goal is for at least one of these facilities to be built in Kansas, the idea is still in the very early stages and an exact location has not yet been determined.
Colyer’s “Myth Buster” tour was also part of the purpose of the stop. The Lt. Governor is currently traveling the state, discussing key campaign issues between Governor Brownback and challenger Paul Davis including economic and education issues.