Opinion Columns & Blogs

R.I.P, Kansas Bioscience Authority

Lawmakers agreed to sell off the assets of the Kansas Bioscience Authority, ending the state’s 12-year-old effort to become a player in the emerging industry – in the hopes a quick sale will provide $25 million to fund the state budget. The excesses of a past KBA president have curbed the Statehouse mourning for this Olathe-based economic development agency. But the KBA helped land the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility for Manhattan and gain National Cancer Institute designation for the University of Kansas Cancer Center, among other good works. And it’s hard not to feel nostalgia for the bipartisanship and vision that marked the KBA’s creation with the 2004 passage of the Kansas Economic Growth Act, which sought to have bioscience join agriculture, aviation manufacturing, and oil and gas as pillars of the Kansas economy. – Rhonda Holman