Kansas Policy Institute began its evolution in 1996, when a
small group of Kansans, and supporters of the CATO Institute, founded the state's first free
market think tank. KPI was formed to
produce sound policy research on Kansas issues and advance free-market principles and
limit the growth of state government, mirroring the work CATO had accomplished on
the national level.
An early focus on education and tax policy lead to numerous studies
produced by expert academics. Building
on this initial success, KPI has expanded to include a full complement of
policy scholars and fellows, fulltime staff, and a board of directors that
includes members from across Kansas.
Currently, education, health care, and fiscal policy represent the bulk
of KPI’s work in advocating for liberty and personal freedom. By publishing studies, hosting events around
the state, educating policy makers and community leaders, and engaging with
traditional and new media, KPI is an active participant in the policy debate in
the county and state arenas.
Beginning as Kansas Public Policy Institute and following
an early transition to the Flint Hills Center for Public Policy, Kansas
Policy Institute has changed its name and approach to fit the needs of the
day. However, the commitment to our mission remains unchanged - advocating for free
market solutions to public policy issues and the protection of personal freedom
for all Kansans.