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Parkinson blasts Kansas Chamber again

Gov. Mark Parkinson blasted the president of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce last month for saying that the Legislature catered "to the needs of those at the government trough." Last week Parkinson ripped Jeff Glendening, vice president of political affairs for the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, for claiming that "radical environmentalists" were the beneficiaries of Parkinson's veto of a legislative provision about greenhouse-gas emissions. Parkinson noted that each of the state's three biggest utilities (which are Kansas Chamber members) opposed the measure because it "would delay projects — thus delaying, jobs, economic development and growth for our state." Parkinson wrote: "Businesses expect the state chamber to be a commonsense, balanced entity. Instead, it has become a partisan political machine that is counterproductive to our efforts to create jobs, grow the economy and move Kansas forward."