Kansas Policy Institute

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The Kansas Policy Institute (most recently known as the Flint Hills Center for Public Policy and originally known as the Kansas Public Policy Institute), was founded in 1996 as an independent voice on public policy in Kansas. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to limited government, open markets, individual freedom and responsibility.

The group changed its name from Flint Hills Center for Public Policy to Kansas Policy Institute to emphasize that it focuses on the entire state of Kansas, rather than a particular region.[1]

Transparency projects

KPI has four main research and education programs, each of which regularly produces publications.[2]

Consumer-driven education

KPI addresses education issues by promoting high-quality, cost-effective education through parental choice and market forces, particularly competition.[3]

KPI conducts forums, legislative briefings and public meetings on education issues. It seeks to act as an agent for long-term change. It engages policymakers as well as the public and media.

John R. LaPlante serves as an Education Policy Fellow with KPI.

Consumer-driven health care

"[KPI] addresses the issues of quality, affordable health care for Kansans through reform of the unsustainable Medicaid program and consumer driven approaches such as health savings accounts."[4]

Gregory L. Schneider heads the consumer-driven health care project.

Fiscal policy

"[KPI] addresses fiscal policy issues that determine the growth and competitiveness of the state’s economy by identifying policies that create a general economic climate favorable to growth."[5]

Jonathan Williams is the director of Tax and Fiscal Policy at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and a Fiscal Policy Fellow with KPI.

Property tax

In response to skyrocketing property taxes, KPI is promoting Proposition K as an alternative. Designed by Dr. Art Hall at the Center for Applied Economics at KU, it would end the appraisal system on real estate.[6]

"KansasVotes"

The organization sponsors the site KansasVotes.org, which "gives users instant access to concise, plain language and objective descriptions of every single bill, amendment, and vote that takes place in the Kansas legislature. Unlike any other bill tracking utility, Kansas Votes, is unique because all legislative actions are described - not just those selected by a particular interest group."[7]

"KansasOpenGov"

The new Kansas transparency website allows Kansans to have a clear look at how their state and local tax dollars are spent. Its sponsored is the Kansas Policy Institute.[8]

KansasOpenGov gives taxpayers an unbiased look at spending and other raw data. Kansans can participate in a forum in order to add their own thoughts and analysis. There are sources from all official state government agencies and departments that provided the information. The think tank is working on gathering data from school districts and many local government entities.

Funding

KPI does not accept any government money. It is completely funded by foundations, individuals and businesses.[9]

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