Audit criticizes lack of transparency in jobs creation fund


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Department of Commerce has no written guidelines governing a fund designed to promote job creation and sometimes awards money to groups not clearly associated with economic development, according to a new audit.

The department oversees the Kansas Job Creation Fund, which receives about $3.5 million annually from state income tax payments. It has provided 71 awards totaling $25.6 million during the past five years.

An audit released Monday said the agency sometimes provides awards without requiring an application and requires some companies to produce measura...

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