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Difference between ideal and reality on incentives

In general, Gov. Sam Brownback agrees with some of his key free-market backers that government shouldn't be in the business of picking winners and losers. But Brownback also recognizes the practical reality, as do most members of the Wichita City Council. Brownback noted at a Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce forum last week that other states (and cities) are offering incentives to attract and retain companies. "I think we have to fund the incentives to keep competitive in the game," he said. "In an ideal world, you wouldn't have any incentives. You'd just all compete on a business and economic basis. That's not where we are."