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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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Secret to Pro-Growth Tax Policy... Low Spending
Posted by Todd Davidson on Thursday, October 11, 2012

New analysis from Kansas Policy Institute puts Kansas’ general fund spending in perspective. Using data from the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) and the Census Bureau, KPI has calculated general fund spending per-resident for all 50 states.

The spending data demonstrates the key to a pro-growth tax policy is low spending.
  • Kansas would have spent $1.2 billion less if spending were at the same level as the average state without an income tax.
  • Kansas spent a quarter more than the top ten states in the Tax Foundation's State Business Tax Climate Index.
  • Kansas spent 24% more than the ten highest ranked states in ALEC's Rich State Poor States.

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