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"It will take a long time to wade through the 139-page ruling, but even a cursory examination makes it clear that the three-judge panel didn’t let the facts get in the way of their decision. Instead, they made what amounts to a political decision that says the Legislature must increase funding by at least $548 million to meet the Rose standards even though school districts don’t know how to measure those standards." http://kansaspolicy.org/KPIBlog/124008.aspx


Kansas school funding decision ignores facts in arriving at a political decision
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Today’s ruling on Gannon v. State of Kansas in which the Shawnee County District Court declared school funding to be unconstitutionally low ignores a long list of facts that disprove school districts’ contentions.  The three-judge panel ma
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KPI president Dave Trabert on today's ruling in the on-going school finance litigation, "This ruling willfully ignores a long list of facts that disprove school districts' contentions. The judges may even have ignored the State Supreme Court's order that adequacy is to be determined on whether outcomes - as defined by the Rose capacities - are being met. The judges essentially dusted off their original decision that was rejected by the Supreme Court and added some new legal jargon attempting to justify their original action in arriving at what is little more than a political decision."

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A plan for balancing the Kansas state budget

Kansas Policy Institute President Dave Trabert presents KPI's plan to balance the state's budget without service reductions or tax increases. Trabert spoke a...
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Stuck in the Middle: Kansas is 21st in Site Selection's 2012 Rankings
Posted by Todd Davidson on Friday, November 9, 2012

Kansas is number 21 according to Site Selection’s 2012 Top State Business Climate Rankings.  Getting into the top tier will require further efforts to provide quality services and a low tax burden.  

The magazine ranks each state’s business climate based on 6 criteria:

The publication's ranking is based 50 percent on a survey of corporate site selectors … and 50 percent on five criteria, three that require states to demonstrate a strong record of attracting capital investment: the state's placement in Site Selection's most recent Governor's Cup ranking of qualified projects the previous calendar year; its Competitiveness Ranking, published the previous May; and its projects logged into the magazine's New Plant Database year to date… The other two criteria are the Tax Foundation and KPMG's Location Matters analysis of state tax burdens on mature firms and on new firms. 

Kansas performance was weighed down by a poor showing in the Tax Foundation and KPMG’s study Location Matters a Comparative Analysis of State Tax Costs on Business; where Kansas’ Mature Firm Tax Index Rank and New Firm Tax Index Rank were 47th and 48th respectively.

According to Site Selection, the “most important location criteria” is the “state and local tax scheme.” Because the rankings did not take into account tax cuts passed in May, Kansas will likely see a boost next year.  

However Kansas' work is not done; the top tier states are able to deliver quality services at a low cost.  Nine out of the top ten spent less per resident than Kansas in 2011.  In order to deliver on the “most important criteria” Kansas needs to deliver quality services more efficiently.

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