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"It will take a long time to wade through the 139-page ruling, but even a cursory examination makes it clear that the three-judge panel didn’t let the facts get in the way of their decision. Instead, they made what amounts to a political decision that says the Legislature must increase funding by at least $548 million to meet the Rose standards even though school districts don’t know how to measure those standards." http://kansaspolicy.org/KPIBlog/124008.aspx


Kansas school funding decision ignores facts in arriving at a political decision
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Today’s ruling on Gannon v. State of Kansas in which the Shawnee County District Court declared school funding to be unconstitutionally low ignores a long list of facts that disprove school districts’ contentions.  The three-judge panel ma
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KPI president Dave Trabert on today's ruling in the on-going school finance litigation, "This ruling willfully ignores a long list of facts that disprove school districts' contentions. The judges may even have ignored the State Supreme Court's order that adequacy is to be determined on whether outcomes - as defined by the Rose capacities - are being met. The judges essentially dusted off their original decision that was rejected by the Supreme Court and added some new legal jargon attempting to justify their original action in arriving at what is little more than a political decision."

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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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Tax Reform Lessons from Across the Pond
Posted by Todd Davidson on Friday, May 25, 2012

The Winfield Daily Courier recently called out proponents of Kansas' recent tax reforms; stating the reforms were based on a discredited economic theory. 

Perhaps if the Winfield Courier wasn’t convinced by our tax reform analysis, we should jump across the pond and see what those folks are saying.  The Centre for Policy Studies, based out of London, recently published this gem:  Small is Best: Lessons from Advanced Economies.

They found:

Econometric analysis of advanced OECD countries for the period 1965-2010 finds that a higher tax to GDP ratio has a statistically significant, negative effect on growth. For example, an increase in the tax to GDP ratio of 10 percentage points is found to lower annual per capita GDP growth by 1.2 percentage points. A similarly statistically significant negative effect on growth is found with a higher spending to GDP ratio. 

In layman's terms; higher taxes hurt economic growth. Also...

There is little evidence that small government countries have worse social outcomes:
  • Health outcomes are mixed: in the past 10 years, life expectancy in small government countries has been higher than in big government countries. Infant mortality has been lower in big government countries.  
  • Statistical evidence from the last 10 years suggests that small government countries achieve higher academic outcomes. 

They even made a video to go along with it:

For further reading check here and here.

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