Though Kansas needs to improve its economy in order to attract more citizens, it also needs to be a more welcoming state, wrote Chase M. Billingham, an assistant professor of sociology at Wichita State University. And the Legislature isn’t helping. “Legislative efforts to legitimate discrimination against lesbian and gay couples, to limit the voting power of racial and ethnic minorities, and to resist the full and equitable funding of the state’s public school districts send a message to Americans that Kansas is not a desirable destination,” Billingham wrote. “This public perception is likely to manifest itself in persistently depressed net domestic migration numbers for years to come.”
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