Politics Too Often Trumps Policy in Topeka

James FrankoUncategorized

Between memories of “I’m Just a Bill” and “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” we all have visions of how the legislative process is supposed to look. Soaring rhetoric and epic clashes of statesmen, and women, doing battle over the issues of the day. The slow, deliberative process of a bill going from the committee, to the chamber, and so on … Read More

Even by KASB standards, school operating spending is $3.9 billion ahead of inflation

Dave TrabertUncategorized

A recent blog post by the Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) Associate Executive Director Mark Tallman says “Total school district funding is, in fact, at an all-time high, expected to top $6.1 billion this year” but “…the part of school funding available for day-to-day operating costs is not keeping up with inflation and enrollment.” There are several misleading aspects to his … Read More

Government Transparency Round Table Discussion

James FrankoUncategorized

Kansas Policy Institute Vice President James Franko discusses government transparency with Seth Etter and Bob Weeks. Etter is the organizer of Open Wichita, an initiative to bring the benefits of open data and civic hacking to Wichita. Weeks blogs at Voice for Liberty in Wichita where he advocates for government transparency and accountability and uses open records requests to access, … Read More

2015 Legislative Wrap-up

Dave TrabertUncategorized

Kansas Policy Institute President Dave Trabert summarizes the major accomplishments of the 2015 Kansas Legislature including changes to: K-12 school funding, renewable energy mandates, tax credit scholarships, property tax reform and avoidance of Medicaid expansion.

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Patrick Parkes talks about KansasOpenGov.org, an online government data and spending transparency initiative operated by the Kansas Policy Institute. The site allows anyone to see and compare data on state and local government in Kansas. Parkes is a fiscal policy analyst with KPI

Kansas Budget Documentary Short on Facts

Dave TrabertUncategorized

Dave Trabert, president of Kansas Policy Institute, discusses Kansas state budget facts that were left out of a “documentary” video on the state budget and education funding. “Where the Buffaloed Roam: An Ode to the Kansas Budget,” the video produced by high school student Carson Tappan, includes a portion of an interview with Trabert.

Business Perceptions of State & Local Government Regulations

James FrankoUncategorized

James Franko, Vice President and Policy Director of Kansas Policy Institute, talks about a newly-released study titled “Business Perceptions of the Economic Impact of State and Local Government Regulation.” The study, prepared for KPI by the Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs at Wichita State University, collected and analyzed information about the perceptions and attitudes of businesses in the metro … Read More

Patrick Parkes on Medicaid Expansion & Obamacare

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Kansas residents who are already paying more for health insurance will also pay much more to fund an expansion of Medicaid. Patrick Parkes, a fiscal policy analyst at the Kansas Policy Institute, talks about research KPI and other organizations have done into the costs and outcomes of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act popularly known as ObamaCare.

Inaugural Podcast with Dave Trabert

Dave TrabertUncategorized

Kansas Policy Institute President Dave Trabert talks about Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s State of the State address and budget proposal on KPI’s first podcast. Funding for K-12 education and the KPERS retirement system are also discussed.