Legislators may look to Boeing executives for ideas to improve the business climate in Kansas.
On Wednesday, Kansas Senate President Steve Morris, R-Hugoton, requested a meeting between Senate leadership and officials from the aircraft maker.
In late November, Boeing officials announced they are studying the future of Wichita operations, including the shuttering of its plant which employs 2,100 people.
“We believe it is mutually beneficial to sit down and work to sit down and work together on solutions that would have a positive impact on Boeing’s operations, on other Kansas employers and on the economic future of our state,” Morris said.
In a letter to Boeing officials, he asked to coordinate a meeting date between Senate leadership,  members of the south central Kansas Senate Republican delegation, and Boeing officials to learn more about the company’s study and what factors will be used to determine the viability of the Wichita facility.
Senate Majority Leader Jay Emler said the factors Boeing will consider are likely affecting other Kansas manufacturers.
“If there is an opportunity to protect our manufacturing base and attract new manufacturing jobs to Kansas, the Legislature needs to listen,” Emler said.
Other legislators requesting to attend the meeting include Senate Vice President John Vratil, R-Overland Park, and eight Senators from south-central Kansas who represent Boeing and many of its employees.
— Danedri Thompson