Debunking the “Great Kansas Teacher Exodus” Myth

David DorseyEducation

David Dorsey, a senior education policy fellow with the Kansas Policy Institute, talks about an article he wrote exploding the myth – perpetuated by a Washington Post story – that the number of Kansas teachers leaving the profession is up dramatically and that it’s the fault of the Kanas legislature.

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.

2015 Kansas Budget Wrap-up

Dave TrabertTax & Spending

Kansas Policy Institute President Dave Trabert wraps up what the 2015 Kansas Legislature did to produce the Constitutionally-required balanced budget.


Patrick Parkes talks about, 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

David Dorsey Talks About At-Risk Funding

David DorseyEducation

David Dorsey explains at-risk school funding in Kansas including what it is, how it came to be and its status under the current block grant funding for Kansas K-12 education. David is a Senior Education Policy Analyst with Kansas Policy Institute with 20 years experience as a teacher, most recently teaching at-risk students in Topeka, and 15 years working in … Read More

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