LAWRENCE — The Chandler Lecture Series continues to bring influential speakers to the University of Kansas. Governor Sam Brownback spoke in the most recent lecture. Brownback talked about the economic state of Kansas and the new tax policy that took effect in July.
The governor expressed his concern for the rate of population decline in Kansas. Although the population has been growing, the rate of growth has declined in the past few years. All of the surrounding states have a higher rate of population growth, he said. Job growth has also been low and Brownback connected the two trends.
"It's been a challenging time for the state," Brownback said. "People go where the jobs are and right now, that's not Kansas."
Brownback argued that the new tax policy will reverse these trends. The tax cuts and deductions focused on small businesses, along with the incentives for big businesses, he said, will help grow jobs and the population. Brownback said instead of relying on the government to create jobs, this policy is, "trusting the people to create jobs and opportunities."
After his speech, he answered questions from the audience, some critical of his policies. Brownback acknowledged that not everyone will agree with him, but added that his tax policy is helping move Kansas in the right direction.
Brownback is from Parker, Kan. and earned a juris doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law. The University of Kansas School of Business Chandler Lecture Series is 15 years old. Some of the past speakers include Rich Karlgaard, Robert D. Novak and Bill Graves. The School of Business also hosts the Vickers Lecture Series and the Sutton Lecture Series.