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Kansas Deal with Panasonic Lacks Job, Salary Requirements

TOPEKA, Kan. (KNS) – A deal to bring a $4 billion Panasonic plant to Kansas lacks requirements for how many jobs it will create or how much those employees will earn. The Kansas City Star reports that Kansas is giving more than half of the $830 million of incentives to Panasonic just for building the plant, even if it never employs anyone.

Government subsidy experts say that’s unusual and a huge gamble. Panasonic could then fall short of the 4,000 new jobs touted in the deal. And the company can pay employees low wages, causing the state to collect little income tax.

Governor Laura Kelly’s office said she is confident Panasonic will hire enough workers to make the deal beneficial to Kansas.

The plant is slated to be built near De Soto, in western Johnson County.