New School Funding Formula is an Opportunity for Improvement

January 11, 2016

Dave Trabert, president of KPI, talks about school funding as the Kansas Legislature kicks off its 2016 session. The 2015 Legislature gave themselves a 2017 deadline to replace the old school funding formula.


Exploding the Kansas teacher exodus myth

August 19, 2015

David Dorsey, a senior education policy fellow with the Kansas Policy Institute, talks about an article he wrote exploding the myth – perpetuated by a Washington Post story – that the number of Kansas teachers leaving the profession is up dramatically and that it's the fault of the Kanas legislature.


A discussion of government transparency efforts in the Wichita area

July 8, 2015

Kansas Policy Institute Vice President James Franko discusses government transparency with Seth Etter and Bob Weeks. Etter is the organizer of Open Wichita, an initiative to bring the benefits of open data and civic hacking to Wichita. Weeks blogs at Voice for Liberty in Wichita where he advocates for government transparency and accountability and uses open records requests to access, analyze and publish state and local government data. KPI maintains, an online data portal for state and local government data.


KPI President Dave Trabert Talks About the 2015 Legislature’s Accomplishments

June 22, 2015

Kansas Policy Institute President Dave Trabert summarizes the major accomplishments of the 2015 Kansas Legislature including changes to: K-12 school funding, renewable energy mandates, tax credit scholarships, property tax reform and avoidance of Medicaid expansion.


Wrapup on the 2015 Kansas Legislature’s Budget Decisions

June 22, 2015

Kansas Policy Institute President Dave Trabert wraps up what the 2015 Kansas Legislature did to produce the Constitutionally-required balanced budget.


Patrick Parkes talks about accessing government data on

June 1, 2015

Patrick Parkes talks about, an online government data and spending transparency initiative operated by the Kansas Policy Institute. The site allows anyone to see and compare data on state and local government in Kansas. Parkes is a fiscal policy analyst with KPI.


David Dorsey Talks About At-Risk School Funding

May 18, 2015

David Dorsey explains at-risk school funding in Kansas including what it is, how it came to be and its status under the current block grant funding for Kansas K-12 education. David is a Senior Education Policy Analyst with Kansas Policy Institute with 20 years experience as a teacher, most recently teaching at-risk students in Topeka, and 15 years working in state and local government in Arizona. He has written a three-part series on the basics of at-risk funding, the philosophy and research supporting at-risk funding and the political and judicial impact of at-risk funding in Kansas.


Representative Mike Pompeo on Efforts to Rein in the Federal Government

April 22, 2015

Rep. Mike Pompeo, representing the 4th District of Kansas, shares the highlights of his speech at the annual dinner of the Kansas Policy Institute.


Video Documentary on Kansas Budget Short on Facts

April 16, 2015

Dave Trabert, president of Kansas Policy Institute, discusses Kansas state budget facts that were left out of a "documentary" video on the state budget and education funding. "Where the Buffaloed Roam: An Ode to the Kansas Budget," the video produced by high school student Carson Tappan, includes a portion of an interview with Trabert.


Business Perceptions of State and Local Government Regulation

March 31, 2015

James Franko, Vice President and Policy Director of Kansas Policy Institute, talks about a newly-released study titled "Business Perceptions of the Economic Impact of State and Local Government Regulation." The study, prepared for KPI by the Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs at Wichita State University, collected and analyzed information about the perceptions and attitudes of businesses in the metro Wichita area about state and local government regulation.