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March 31, 2014

Kansas budget, health expert to address Pittsburg chamber

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Duane Goossen, vice president for fiscal and health policy at the Kansas Health Institute and a former state budget director, will speak to the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce at 7:30 a.m. Friday at the Wilkinson Alumni Center, 401 E. Ford St.

The cost for the session is $10 per person or $8 with a network pass, and it includes a full buffet breakfast.

Goossen will talk about the Kansas state budget and will answer questions after his presentation.

“There are few, if any, people in the state of Kansas who understand and can clearly articulate the mechanics of the state budget as well as Duane,” said state Rep. Julie Menghini, D-Pittsburg. “As the former budget director for three Kansas governors — both Republican and Democrat — Duane presents factual information and thoughtful insight on current and future budget and revenue challenges.”

Goossen oversees the Kansas Health Institute’s research and analysis of state fiscal policy, health reform and other health policy issues. He represented Marion and Chase counties in the Kansas House of Representatives from 1983 to 1997, and served as state budget director for 12 years in the administrations of Republican Bill Graves and Democrats Kathleen Sebelius and Mark Parkinson.

He was appointed by Sebelius in 2004 to concurrently serve as secretary of the Kansas Department of Administration, which manages state buildings, accounting, information services and employee programs, and during that time he chaired the Kansas Health Care Commission.

In 2009, Goossen received the National Association of State Budget Directors’ Gloria Timmer Award for career achievements in a state budget office.

Reservations are required by 5 p.m. today by calling the chamber at 620-231-1000.

Background

DUANE GOOSSEN, vice president for fiscal and health policy at the Kansas Health Institute, holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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