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Kansas Policy Institute welcomes new talent

Kansas Policy Institute is pleased to announce its partnership with Dr. Vance Ginn, Ph.D. As a Senior Research Fellow at KPI, Dr. Ginn will provide economic and regulatory analysis for its Sandlian Center for Entrepreneurial Government. He builds on his many years of fiscal work with KPI’s Responsible Kansas Budget.

“I’m thrilled to work with the fantastic team at the Kansas Policy Institute. KPI has long been at the cutting edge of policy reforms such as truth-in-taxation property tax reforms, the Responsible Kansas Budget, and paths to eliminating personal income taxes that provide abundant opportunities to let people prosper. I look forward to contributing to making Kansas the best state for families and entrepreneurs to thrive.”

Dr. Ginn is an accomplished free-market economist who extensively evaluates policies to let people prosper while equipping lawmakers and influencers nationwide with frameworks for practical solutions to modern problems.

Most recently, Dr. Ginn made an excellent case for the tax plan that currently sits on Governor Kelley’s desk by demonstrating the real and urgent need for tax reform. Dr. Ginn contextualizes this need by showing the comparative data with our neighboring states, proving that states without income taxes perform better economically when it comes to job growth and wage growth.

James Franko, president of KPI says, “Despite his Texas roots, it’s great to have someone with Vance’s talent and experience join KPI. His Responsible Kansas Budgets have provided the framework by which legislators should limit spending and now we’ll rely on his expertise across a greater breadth of Kansas economic policy. If the states are laboratories of democracy, then Vance’s multi-state work will be invaluable in making Kansas a better place to live and work.”

Dr. Ginn is the founder and president of Ginn Economic Consulting and host of his Let People Prosper Show podcast. He is a senior fellow at Americans for Tax Reform, associate research fellow at American Institute for Economic Research, chief economist at Pelican Institute for Public Policy, and contributor at many other free-market think tanks across the country. In these roles, he provides high-quality research and trusted insights on how to improve human flourishing with policy considerations at federal, state, and local levels.

He previously served Americans as the associate director for economic policy (“chief economist”) of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget from June 2019 to May 2020. He was the chief economist of the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) and policy director for TPPF’s Alliance for Opportunity campaign, a multi-state poverty relief initiative. He also taught economic courses at Sam Houston State University and Texas Tech University. 

Dr. Ginn often appears on leading national and state news shows, including “Cavuto: Coast to Coast” on Fox Business, “NTD Evening News” on NTD News, Chad Hasty Show, and more. His commentaries have been published in The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Washington PostWashington ExaminerDaily Caller, AIER, Econlib, and other popular publications.

He graduated from home school while growing up in a lower-income single-mother household in South Houston, lived as a “rockstar” playing drums for a top rock band in Houston, rolled in a car accident, and life-flighted to a hospital but went home by the grace of God that night, earned his doctorate in economics at Texas Tech University as a first-generation college graduate, and now resides in Round Rock, Texas, with his wife and three kids. These experiences help support his God-given calling to let people prosper, and he strives to find ways to do this every day.