UPDATE: Brownback sets goal of 100,000 new jobs in Kansas

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Gov. Sam Brownback says he'll work to create 100,000 new private-sector jobs over four years if he's re-elected.

Brownback announced his goal Tuesday as part of a platform that his campaign calls "Road Map 2.0." It follows up on a set of goals he outlined in seeking his first, four-year term in 2010, called "The Road Map for Kansas."

The governor was having rallies in Overland Park, Topeka and Wichita to unveil his platform.

Brownback said four years ago that he wanted to increase private-sector employment. Since he took office in January 2011, the state has added nearly 55,000 private sector jobs.

Critics note that the percentage of job growth is lower than the U.S. figure.

Brownback faces a tougher-than-expected race against Democratic challenger Paul Davis.

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Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is holding rallies in three Kansas cities to outline the platform for his re-election campaign.

Tuesday's events in Overland Park, Topeka and Wichita were described as the unveiling of what Brownback's campaign is calling "Road Map 2.0."

The campaign did not disclose details beforehand, but in seeking his first in 2010, Brownback outlined a set of goals and called it the "Road Map for Kansas."

Those goals included increasing the state's per-person net personal income, boosting private-sector employment, and improving fourth-graders' scores on standardized reading tests. His other goals were making sure more high school graduates were ready for college and reducing the percentage of children living in poverty.

Brownback is facing a tougher-than-expected race against Democratic challenger Paul Davis.

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