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

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

Freedom Index: Political Division is Citizens vs. Government, Not Party Lines

Dave TrabertEducation, Tax & Spending

The Freedom Index published by Kansas Policy Institute has repeatedly shown the legislative political division to not be about Democrats and Republicans but about legislators’ view of the role of government, and the above June 2 update of 2017 Freedom Index certainly bears that out.  With a score of 50 percent being considered neutral, there are 13 Senators at the top … Read More

State think tanks lead the fight for freedom

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

Anyone wondering whether the Washington swamp can be drained need only look to some amazing accomplishments in the states for encouragement, where state think tanks are leading the fight for freedom.  Michigan, with a long-standing tradition of forced union membership, became a right-to-work state in 2013 after decades of efforts led by Mackinac Center for Public Policy.  This year, the … Read More

Kansas Freedom Index Is In The Books!

James FrankoEducation

The 2016 special legislative session is behind us and, baring any “Black Swan” events, Kansas legislators will not find themselves doing the people’s business until 2017. As this year’s legislative activity is in the books, so is the 2016 Kansas Freedom Index. It is inclusive of one additional vote in the Kansas Senate and the lifetime votes have been updated … 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