• 2019 Legislator’s Budget Guide: How Kansas Can Recognize Inefficiencies

    2019 Legislator’s Budget Guide: How Kansas Can Recognize Inefficiencies0

    “The problem with government is not in the things it tries, but in the absence of any mechanism for recognizing error.” – Milton Friedman Economist Milton Friedman easily summarized that without an appropriate check and balance, government tends to grow and further burdens taxpayers. One of the missions of the Center for Entrepreneurial Government is

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  • Hey, state board, where are the state assessment results?

    Hey, state board, where are the state assessment results?0

    Indeed, it is now October and the 2018 state assessment results – tests that were taken by students last spring – have yet to be released to the public. Since the information is there – students and families have long been given individual results and even teachers have them for upcoming parent-teacher conferences – why

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  • 2018 Greenbook

    2018 Greenbook0

    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 2018 Greenbook,

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  • Blue Valley School District Distorts Spending Facts

    Blue Valley School District Distorts Spending Facts0

    A KSBH-TV story about the Blue Valley school district spending $130,000 in legal fees to avoid paying $23,000 for a blind student’s braille books says “Blue Valley School District’s total operating budget for the current school year is about $200 million.”  The reporter, Jessica McMaster, linked to her source on the Blue Valley web site

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  • Kansas Budget Deficit overstated by $200 million

    Kansas Budget Deficit overstated by $200 million0

    The reported $900 million, two-year Kansas budget deficit includes $192.6 million of revenue reductions that won’t occur and another $13 million that’s purely optional and needn’t occur.  Collectively, these spending items overstate the budget shortfall by $205.6 million. Each item listed in the adjacent table is considered a ‘transfer’ of revenue rather than appropriated amounts

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  • Payroll Records Suggest Inefficient Spending at Kansas Turnpike Authority

    Payroll Records Suggest Inefficient Spending at Kansas Turnpike Authority0

    2015 payroll records from the Kansas Turnpike Authority (KTA) raise questions about whether the department is serving its taxpaying consumers efficiently. For one, KTA continues to employ a bevy of highly-paid toll collectors at a time when automated tolling devices are delivering safer, cheaper, and better-flowing travel across the country. Moreover, the agency continues to commit

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