2017 Kansas Freedom Index

James FrankoResearch

An informed citizenry is an essential element of maintaining a free society. Having a deeper understanding of how legislation impacts education freedom, economic freedom and the constitutional principles of individual liberty and limited government allows citizens to better understand the known and often unknown consequences of legislative issues. The Freedom Index is a continuation of a coalition project started in … Read More

Kansas Legislature Lifetime Freedom Index Released

Dave TrabertResearch, Tax & Spending

Kansas Policy Institute’s 2017 Lifetime Freedom Index released last week again reinforces legislators’ support for economic freedom and student-focused education are not determined by party affiliation, with significant disparity between high and low scores among Republicans in the House and Senate.  With 50 percent considered ‘neutral’ (i.e., just as likely to vote in favor as to oppose), the Senate range … Read More

Legislature moves away from freedom in 2017 session

James FrankoResearch, Tax & Spending

The 2017 legislative session was noteworthy both for its length and for the relative opposition to economic and educational freedom in the 2017 session, according to KPI’s annual Kansas Freedom Index. Taken as a whole, the legislature moved away from freedom and the principles of liberty in the just-completed session when compared to returns since 2012, when KPI first published … Read More

2017 Greenbook

James FrankoResearch

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis saw states as “laboratories of democracy” conducting “experiments” in public policy. Today, more than eight decades after Brandeis coined the phrase, state experimentation with tax policy makes it abundantly clear that tax policy has a direct impact on economic growth. As shown on page 27 for the 2017 Greenbook, each of the eleven states … Read More

2017 Public Education Fact Book

adminEducation, Research

KPI’s fifth annual Public Education Fact Book is a one-stop shop for data on public school information from The Sunflower State. Numerous scientific surveys show that citizens are grossly misinformed on many pertinent facts of public education in Kansas. Aid and spending per-pupil are much higher than many Kansans believe, and student achievement is lower than understood. This fact book … Read More

Supreme Court Should Dismiss Gannon for Lack of Rose Measurement and False Spending Premise – Policy Brief

James FrankoEducation, Research

In 2014, in Gannon v. State of Kansas, the Kansas Supreme Court determined that the adequacy of the state’s education finance system is met when students meet or exceed the Rose standards. The Court is now ready to hear arguments as to the adequacy of school funding. Pursuant to the arguments, the attorneys for the plaintiffs in Gannon have filed a legal brief contending that … Read More

2016 Freedom Index Live

James FrankoResearch

UPDATE: With the 2016 Special Session completed, the information below is no longer the complete picture of votes from the 2016 legislative sessions. PLEASE CLICK HERE to find the final, comprehensive Kansas Freedom Index that reflects both the regular and special sessions. With the Trump v. Clinton drama dominating the political media, Kansans may be forgiven for not having a complete … Read More

2016 Public Education Factbook

James FrankoEducation, Research

KPI’s fourth annual Public Education Fact Book is a one-stop shop for data on public school information from The Sunflower State. Numerous scientific surveys show that citizens are grossly misinformed on many pertinent facts of public education in Kansas. Aid and spending per-pupil are much higher than many Kansans believe, and student achievement is lower than understood. This fact book … Read More