Kansas Economic Freedom Index, 2010

by Bob Weeks on February 24, 2011

Here are final versions of the Kansas Economic Freedom Index for the Senate and House of Representatives for 2010. The index was last updated on May 25, 2010; see Kansas Economic Freedom Index updated for remarks.

The purpose of the Kansas Economic Freedom Index is to identify Kansas legislators who vote in favor of economic freedom — and those who don’t.

Economic freedom is an end in itself, and is an indispensable means toward the achievement of political freedom, according to Milton Friedman. For more on economic freedom, click on The importance of economic freedom.

In the index, each bill has a weight. This is a number from 1 to 10, with 10 meaning the bill is of greatest importance. When I calculate the index value for a legislator, I add up the weights for the bills being considered, and add up the weights the legislator “earned” based on their votes, and that’s the basis of the calculation.

When a legislator votes “Absent,” the vote is not included in that legislator’s calculation. While some have suggested that I attempt to distinguish between excused absences and other absences, and that I ask legislators with excused absences what their vote would have been had they not been absent, this seems unworkable.

The vote that is in favor of economic freedom might be “Yea” in some cases, and “Nay” in others. For each vote, I indicate what is the vote for economic freedom.

Links to final versions for the 2010 legislative session:
Kansas Economic Freedom Index, Senate
Kansas Economic Freedom Index, House of Representatives

For an archive of similar projects from years past, see Kansas legislative scorecards, rankings.

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