Patrick Parkes on Medicaid Expansion & Obamacare


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.

Legislature Considers Changes to School Funding Formula

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Dave Trabert, president of Kansas Policy Institute, talks about the state’s K-12 school funding formula. The Kansas Legislature is considering block-grant funding schools for the next two years while they take a deliberative look at rewriting the formula.

Kansas K-12 Carryover Reserves

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Kansas school districts have been accumulating unspent taxpayer funds even as they call for increased funding. Kansas Policy Institute President Dave Trabert talks with podcast host Paul Soutar about these funds, how they got there, what they mean to the debate over the school funding formula and what the Legislature can do about it.

Steve Anderson on Healing the Kansas Budget

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Steve Anderson, budget director for three years under Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, talks about billions of dollars that are collected and spent by the state that don’t show up in the budget citizens see. According to Anderson the budgeting process needs to be more transparent so citizens can see the large sums of money collected from taxpayers that are carried … Read More

School Choice in Kansas

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Pastor Wade Moore and James Franko discuss the need for and benefits of school choice and what’s happening with school choice in Kansas. Moore, pastor at the Christian Faith Center, opened the Urban Prepratory Academy, a private school, in Wichita last year, to offer an alternative learning experience. Moore talks about his desire to start a public charter school and … Read More

Kansas Court Rulings on K-12 Education

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Kansas Policy Institute President Dave Trabert talks about recent rulings by Kansas courts on K-12 education funding. A district court ruling in December may have ignored a State Supreme Court ruling in March.

Inaugural Podcast with Dave Trabert

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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.