https://soundcloud.com/user-957295963/responding-to-the-supreme-courts-school-funding-demands-episode-12 The Kansas legislature is debating how to respond to a Supreme Court ruling on school funding once again. The legislature has attempted to appease the court several times by increasing funding. In fact, calculations from the Department of Education put the total increase at over $1 billion over just a few years.Join…
What do Kansas voters think about Governor Kelly’s budget? – Episode 11

What’s really going on with the state budget? How do voters want the Legislature to deal with some of the big challenges they face?

Looking outside Kansas: Examples in efficiency – Episode 10

How government spends your money has an enormous impact on economic freedom. Join us as we take a look at spending patterns of all fifty states and discuss some amazing statistics. Every state provides the same basic basket of services – education, social services, highways – but in recent years the states with…

School funding set another record last year at $13,620 per pupil and they estimate funding will exceed $16,500 in four years based on what legislators already approved.  But that’s still not enough to satisfy local school boards or the courts. Can this cycle of litigation ever be stopped? Join Dave Trabert and special guests…

Medicaid expansion in Kansas – Episode 8

Medicaid expansion in Kansas would provide taxpayer-funded health care to able-bodied childless adults below a certain income level. The impact on the state budget would be significant and would soon lead to another tax increase. Governor Kelly says she can expand Medicaid without a tax increase but reports from Kansas Legislative Research show…

Kansas is in its fourth consecutive decade of economic stagnation, with job creation and economic growth falling farther behind the national average, and more people leaving Kansas than choosing to move here. But, it didn’t start with the Brownback tax plan as some would have you believe. Tune in to hear about how…

Looking Ahead: What Can We Expect With New Leadership in Kansas?

Tune in as we talk with special guest Ron Ryckman, Jr. who was just elected to his second term as Speaker of the Kansas House of Representatives. We will be taking a close look at the direction Governor-Elect Kelly could be taking that would grow government, increase your tax burden and diminish economic…

What was Really the Matter with the Kansas Tax Plan – Episode 5

What was really the matter with the tax relief effort under Gov. Brownback’s administration? What are the myths surrounding the Kansas Tax Plan? What really happened? How can we learn from the mistakes made in Kansas to reduce tax burdens? Be sure to listen all the way to the 25-minute mark as host…

Student Achievement: The True State of Education in Kansas – Episode 4

In this episode, we discuss student achievement in Kansas. Education has a tremendous impact on the economic vitality of communities and individuals’ ability to earn a good living. Everyone naturally wants to believe that schools are producing good results, but what’s the true state of student achievement? And if achievement levels aren’t where…

School Funding: Separating Fact from Myth – episode 3

School funding in Kansas has a large impact on economic freedom. Our guest, Senator Molly Baumgardner, will help us separate fact from myth about the amount of funding received by school districts.

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