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A plan for balancing the Kansas state budget

Kansas Policy Institute President Dave Trabert presents KPI's plan to balance the state's budget without service reductions or tax increases. Trabert spoke a...
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Another reason to watch Seinfeld reruns. Economics lessons taken directly from the "show about nothing." http://yadayadayadaecon.com/clip/67/


The Soup Nazi (The Economics of Seinfeld)
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The Soup Nazi makes delicious soup—so good there's always a line outside his shop. He refuses service to Elaine, and by a stroke of luck she comes across his stash of soup recipes. She visits his shop and informs him that his soup monopoly is broken, while waving his recipes in his face. Also in thi…
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Happy Thanksgiving and a hearty huzzah for property rights. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66QdQErc8JQ


The Pilgrims and Property Rights: How our ancestors got fat & happy

The Pilgrims founded their colony at Plymouth Plantation in December 1620 and promptly started dying off in droves. As the colony's early governor, William B...
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K-12 Funding Based on Bogus Study
Posted by Todd Davidson on Thursday, February 23, 2012

The current K-12 funding formula is not designed to provide schools with the minimum resources they need to achieve required outcomes while also operating and being organized in a cost-effective manner because such a study has never been conducted in Kansas.

The Augenblick & Myers 2001 study that was used by the Montoy courts was supposed
to have taken efficiency into account but, as explained by Caleb Stegall in “Analysis of Montoy vs. State of Kansas,” A&M chose to ignore efficiency. 

A&M presented the court with inflated numbers by deliberately including 50 high-spending districts that did not meet their own criteria for 'successful schools' - those achieving required academic outcomes and also operating in a cost-effective manner.  

The subsequent Legislative Post Audit study merely duplicated the bogus A&M study.  It is particularly noteworthy that LPA carefully pointed out on page 2 of their report that they were not asked to determine what it would cost to achieve required outcomes AND have schools organized and operating in a cost-effective manner.

The only logical thing to do is to finally have such a study conducted and then fund it.

Dave Trabert


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