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October 27, 2015



Kansas budget topic of Nov. 3 Lou Douglas Lecture on Public Issues

By Olivia Collins

Duane Goossen

Duane Goossen, senior fellow with the Kansas Center for Economic Growth, will present "Restoring Kansas Values to the Kansas Budget" as part of the Lou Douglas Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union.

Goossen served as state budget director in Kansas for 12 years in the administrations of three governors — Republican Bill Graves and Democrats Kathleen Sebelius and Mark Parkinson — and received the National Association of State Budget Officers’ Gloria Timmer Award for career achievements in a state budget office.

Earlier, he represented Marion and Chase counties for seven terms in the Kansas House of Representatives. He graduated from Bethel College in North Newton, and has a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Goossen currently writes and speaks about the Kansas budget and state finances as a senior fellow with the Kansas Center for Economic Growth.

The Lou Douglas Lecture Series seeks to extend understanding of public policies that can further democratize society. The series contributes to the general education of students and others by presenting speakers who will jolt conventional wisdom and propose public policy that deals progressively and democratically with the roots of social, political and economic problems. Known for their influence on regional, national and world affairs, these individuals are selected for their commitment to justice and equality for all people.