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Parkinson largely pleased with results

Mark Parkinson looks back on his 20 months as governor and time in Topeka in a year-ending blog posting mentioning the Hawker Beechcraft deal as capping "four very rewarding years." Noting that the "economic development wins" also included last summer's deal to secure Bombardier LearJet's future, he wrote, "I'm particularly pleased that we were able to help Wichita during one of its most challenging times." Among the other things he's pleased about: "Steering the state budget through a very challenging time." Making progress on wind farms, major transmission lines and a renewable-energy manufacturing industry. Landing the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. Passing a public smoking ban and new transportation plan. He said he wishes his administration could have worked on the waiting lists for services for those with disabilities and the underfunding of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System.

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