Senator to visit Baldwin
It's not everyday that a United States Senator comes to Baldwin City. But, that will happen Thursday when Republican Sen. Sam Brownback comes to town.
Brownback will meet with community and business leaders at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Baker University's Collins House, 505 Eighth Street. The public is invited to attend.
Macie Houston, regional director and spokesperson for Brownback, said the senator plans to listen to what's on the minds of his constituents, as well as inform them of progress from the last legislative year.
"He's primarily going to be there to listen, but also share with his constituents what was passed during the last session, such as the estate tax," said Houston. "It is primarily a visit to find out what is going on in the community."
Houston said scheduling doesn't often allow for such visits, but the longer recess this time around made it possible.
"Normally during the recess the senator tries to get around to as many communities as possible," she said. "With the longer recess, he especially tries to get to communities that he doesn't get to very often."
She said Brownback also has some specific items he wants to learn about from Baldwin residents.
"Social Security is one of the top issues that will be coming up and the senator wants to find out what his constituents think on the issue," said Houston. "One of the other things the senator has been interested in is economic development. He wants to see what can be done to give the community a boost."
She also admitted that the afternoon stop may keep the number of people who can attend down. However, it was the only time available after Brownback speaks in Lawrence at noon.
"Because we have him so completely booked, that's the only time we could be there," said Houston.