Kansas Policy Institute
|Motto||"Advocates for free market solutions and the protection of personal freedom for all Kansans"|
(FYE December 2015)
|Address||250 N. Water St.
Wichita, KS 67202
The Kansas Policy Institute (KPI) is a free market American think tank based in Wichita, Kansas. A member of the State Policy Network, it primarily focuses on state and local policy issues in Kansas, including education, budget and spending, health care, and property taxes. The president of the KPI is Dave Trabert and the chairman of the board is George Pearson.
The group's stated mission is to "advocate for free market solutions to public policy issues and the protection of personal freedom for all Kansans."
Founded in 1996 as the Kansas Public Policy Institute, the think tank changed its name to the Flint Hills Center for Public Policy, then back to Kansas Policy Institute in 2009. It was founded by a group of Kansans who supported the Cato Institute and wanted to apply that model to Kansas state government. KPI hosts events across the state; publishes studies geared toward policy makers, the general public, and community leaders; and uses traditional and social media to discuss state and local government through the free market perspective. In addition to its policy studies, KPI maintains a site titled KansasOpenGov.
In 2010, KPI raised awareness about the State Unencumbered Fund balances, concluding that state school districts had over $699 million in carryover operating funds. The institute concluded that schools were not spending all of the money they were being given and were instead putting money in the bank. This claim drew both positive and negative attention from the media and school boards and the issue became a topic of conversation in the K-12 finance debate. SB 111 passed the Kansas Legislature in the 2011 session, allowing Kansas school districts to more easily access that money to offset declines in base per-pupil aid from the state.
- Jean, Renee (October 21, 2014). "KPI president offers different take on budget". Garden City Telegram. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
- Arvesen, Amelia (February 24, 2015). "Senate bill mandates financial prospectus on degree programs". Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
- "Kansas Policy Institute" (PDF). Foundation Center. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
- Peters, Mark; Paletta, Damian (June 10, 2014). "Sam Brownback's Tax-Cut Push Puts Kansas Out on Its Own". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
- "Kansas Policy Institute". Washington Times. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
- "History & Mission". Kansas Policy Institute. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
- "Kansas property taxes increased again in 2010". Emporia Gazette. August 29, 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
- Luken, Richard (April 21, 2010). "Funding needs disputed". Iola Register. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
- "School budget claims are frustrating". The Wichita Eagle. May 6, 2010. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
- < "SB 111". Kansas State Legislature. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
- "KANSAS POLICY INSTITUTE PRESENTS SPIRIT OF FREEDOM AWARD TO ITS CHAIR AND ATLAS NETWORK BOARD MEMBER". Atlas Network. October 13, 2016. Retrieved October 18, 2016.