• Most Kansas legislators won’t declare their principles

    Most Kansas legislators won’t declare their principles0

    Lots of declarations are made on the campaign trail and town hall meetings, but when asked to declare their principles on key state budget and education issues, most Kansas legislators wouldn’t respond. Kansas Policy Institute asked all 165 Kansas legislators to respond to a 6-question multiple choice online survey between January 13 and January 30

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  • School funding formula must start from scratch

    School funding formula must start from scratch0

    Some school officials and legislators may be planning to modify the old school funding formula rather than write a brand new formula in 2017. But if they do, it likely would be found unconstitutional. The Kansas Supreme Court says adequacy of funding “is met when the public education financing system provided by the Legislature for

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  • KC Star scores media bias trifecta

    KC Star scores media bias trifecta0

    The Kansas City Star rang in the New Year with a media bias trifecta in their relentless push for higher taxes and more government spending.  They withheld information that contradicts claims made in the story, chose not to interview anyone who doesn’t believe school funding should increase and they threw in a false claim for

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  • Legislative leadership moving Left in Kansas

    Legislative leadership moving Left in Kansas0

    Legislative leadership teams will lean more to the Left in 2017, favoring higher taxes and less economic and personal freedom based on the Lifetime Kansas Freedom Index scores for the House and Senate.  The 2016 House leadership team had a lifetime average score of 67 percent, with 50 percent being a ‘neutral’ score (voting equally

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  • Education spending and KASB’s government entitlement mentality: Part 4

    Education spending and KASB’s government entitlement mentality: Part 40

    In the first three installments of this series, KPI has thoroughly debunked the Kansas Association of School Boards cry for higher taxes based on what they call “declining investment in school funding.” In Part 1, Dave Trabert challenged KASB’s position that government, specifically schools in this case, has an inherent right to a given percentage

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  • Public education funding and a government entitlement mentality – Part 3

    Public education funding and a government entitlement mentality – Part 30

    The Kansas Association of School Boards claims lagging tax revenues have led to “declining investment in school funding,” which is a euphemism for “we’re not getting all the money we want.” That’s the theme of the next installment of their 3-part essay, a trilogy that sets out to make the case for a tax increase

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