"Local chambers of commerce in the state are great," Gov. Mark Parkinson said in an interview with the Topeka Capital-Journal, noting how he used to be president of the Shawnee Area Chamber of Commerce and was president of the six chambers of commerce in Johnson County. But he doesn't have a similarly positive opinion about the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, which he described as "very, very conservative."
He said: "I disagree with the approach of the state chamber on a variety of issues. I believe that ultimately the way to grow business in our state is not just to create a good business climate — and that's a part of it, taxes are a part of it — but it is also to create a great quality of life. Businesses and people move to Kansas because we have great schools, because we have great roads."