Kansas Economic Freedom Index 2012 Edition

by Bob Weeks on July 12, 2012

The Kansas Economic Freedom Index examines votes made by members of the Kansas Legislature based on the impact the proposed legislation has on the free market and the constitutional principles of individual liberty and limited government. Based on their votes, legislators earn scores that illuminate their support of — or opposition to — these principles of economic freedom.

The Kansas Economic Freedom Index is produced by Americans for Prosperity–Kansas, Kansas Policy Institute, and Voice for Liberty in Wichita. It is intended to provide educational information to the public about broad economic issues that are important to the citizens of our State. The Index is the product of nonpartisan analysis, study, and research and is not intended to directly or indirectly endorse or oppose any candidate for public office. Each partner organization operates independently and has its own distinct voice in advocating for free markets and supporting the constitutional principles of individual liberty and limited government.

A press release announcing the release of the Index is Coalition Grades Kansas Legislators’ Support of Economic Freedom.

The explanation as to how the Kansas Economic Freedom Index is calculated is at Kansas Economic Freedom Index, 2012 Edition. For more about the importance of economic freedom, see The importance of economic freedom. Another important resource on economic freedom is EconomicFreedom.org, where we can learn that “Economic freedom is the key to greater opportunity and an improved quality of life. It’s the freedom to choose how to produce, sell, and use your own resources, while respecting others’ rights to do the same.”

The Kansas Economic Freedom Index, 2012 Edition

The Kansas Economic Freedom Index consists of a number of documents that explain the bills and votes that are included, the economic freedom criteria that apply to each vote, the way each member of the Kansas Legislature voted, and the score earned by each member. The data that forms the index comes primarily from KanFocus, with some from the Kansas Legislature website. Most documents are presented as Adobe Acrobat pdf files, an industry standard method of distributing documents. A few documents are presented as Microsoft Excel 2007 spreadsheets for ease of use. If your computer is not able to open these files, you can download a free Excel Viewer from Microsoft.

For many people, the following tables that rank legislators by their economic freedom score or present legislators and scores alphabetically are the easiest way to learn which legislators support the principles of economic freedom.

Kansas Economic Freedom Index, 2012, Senate members by score
Kansas Economic Freedom Index, 2012, Senate members alphabetically
Kansas Economic Freedom Index, 2012, House members by score
Kansas Economic Freedom Index, 2012, House members alphabetically

There is also a single pdf document that describes the methodology used, along with the tables of legislators and scores at Complete PDF version of the 2012 Kansas Economic Freedom Index .

Additional files that hold more information about the included bills, votes for each bill, and votes cast by each member follow.

Kansas Economic Freedom Index included votes

Pdf files that hold summaries of the bills included in the Kansas Economic Freedom Index and the economic freedom criteria that apply are Kansas Economic Freedom Index 2012 Senate Bills Summary and Kansas Economic Freedom Index 2012 House Bills Summary.

Pdf files that hold bills and members’ votes are Kansas Economic Freedom Index 2012 Senate Bills and Votes and Kansas Economic Freedom Index 2012 House Bills and Votes.

Pdf files for individual bills and votes cast are below:

House SB 353: Board of Barbering; powers and duties; fees; licensure.
House S Sub for HB 2077: Creating the Professional Employer Organization Registration Act.
House S Sub for HB 2382: STAR Bonds, extending the sunset date.
House S Sub for HB 2117: Income tax reform.
House Senate Sub. for Sub. for HB 2333: Enacting the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System Act of 2014.
House H Sub for SB 28: Adequacy of state provision for finance of educational interests of the state.
House HB 2631: Dental care availability and access.
House SB 406: Amending the Kansas Storage Tank act and the underground storage tank fund.
House H Sub for SB 177: Taxation; income and privilege tax rates; income tax deductions and credits and income determination; distribution of sales and use tax revenue; and severance tax exemptions.
House Sub for HB 2634: Excellence in education; teacher certification; school employee performance and evaluation; professional development.
House S Sub for HB 2526: Energy; relating to the state corporation commission, powers and duties.
House H Sub for SB 40: Concerning the Kansas housing loan deposit program; relating to the building or rehabilitation of adult care homes.
House H Sub for SB 79: Concerning the protection of rights granted under the constitution.
House HR 6032: Resolution opposing and exposing the radical nature of United Nations Agenda 21.
House HB 2767: Schools; enacting the Kansas Education Liberty Program Act; providing for educational scholarships; authorizing a tax credit.
House HCR 5006: State constitutional amendment concerning appropriations of money and expenditure of funds appropriated by law by the legislative branch, saying executive and judicial branches have no authority to direct the legislative branch to make any appropriation.
House HCR 5007: Constitutional amendment to preserve right to choose health care services and participate in health insurance plan.
House HB 2520: Interstate Health Care Compact.
House HB 2743: Authorize the Abstracter’s Board of Examiners to increase annual fee.
House SB 322: Extend for one fiscal year the judicial surcharge; adds and increases other fees.
House HB 2569: Legislative review of exceptions to disclosure of public records.
House Sub for HB 2689: Alcoholic beverages; tasting samples; microdistilleries; happy hours; public venue licenses; farm wineries; other.
House HB 2515: Appropriations for FY 2012, FY 2013, FY 2014, FY 2015, and FY 2016 for various state agencies; Omnibus Appropriation Act and omnibus reconciliation spending limit bill; capital improvement projects; claims against the state.
House H Sub for SB 59: Classification of certain commercial and industrial machinery and equipment for purposes of property taxation.
Senate SB 353: Board of Barbering; powers and duties; fees; licensure.
Senate S Sub for HB 2077: Creating the Professional Employer Organization Registration Act.
Senate S Sub for HB 2382: STAR Bonds, extending the sunset date.
Senate S Sub for HB 2117: Income tax reform.
Senate Senate Sub. for Sub. for HB 2333: Enacting the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System Act of 2014.
Senate HB 2631: Dental care availability and access.
Senate SB 406: Amending the Kansas Storage Tank act and the underground storage tank fund.
Senate H Sub for SB 177: Taxation; income and privilege tax rates; income tax deductions and credits and income determination; distribution of sales and use tax revenue; and severance tax exemptions.
Senate S Sub for HB 2526: Energy; relating to the state corporation commission, powers and duties.
Senate H Sub for SB 40: Concerning the Kansas housing loan deposit program; relating to the building or rehabilitation of adult care homes.
Senate HCR 5007: Constitutional amendment to preserve right to choose health care services and participate in health insurance plan.
Senate HB 2743: Authorize the Abstracter’s Board of Examiners to increase annual fee.
Senate SB 322: Extend for one fiscal year the judicial surcharge; adds and increases other fees.
Senate HB 2569: Legislative review of exceptions to disclosure of public records.
Senate Sub for HB 2689: Alcoholic beverages; tasting samples; microdistilleries; happy hours; public venue licenses; farm wineries; other.
Senate S Sub for HB 2117 reconsider: Income tax reform.
Senate SR 1804: Transportation; requesting a multi-year federal transportation funding program at current funding levels.
Senate H Sub for SB 79 table Conf Comm: Protection of rights and privileges granted under the United States or Kansas constitutions.
Senate H Sub for SB 79 adopt Conf Comm: Protection of rights and privileges granted under the United States or Kansas constitutions.
Senate SB 371: Sales taxation; presumptions relating to nexus.

Kansas Economic Freedom Index: Senators

A pdf file holding the votes for all Senators is Kansas Economic Freedom Index 2012 Senators and Votes. An Excel spreadsheet showing all votes cast is Excel Spreadsheet: Kansas Economic Freedom Index 2012 Senate Members and Votes. Or, download individual pdf files for each member below:

Abrams, Steve
Apple, Pat
Bruce, Terry
Brungardt, Pete
Donovan, Les
Emler, Jay
Faust-Goudeau, Oletha
Francisco, Marci
Haley, David
Hensley, Anthony
Holland, Tom
Huntington, Terrie
Kelly, Laura
Kelsey, Dick
King, Jeff
Kultala, Kelly
Longbine, Jeff
Love, Garrett
Lynn, Julia
Marshall, Bob
Masterson, Ty
McGinn, Carolyn
Merrick, Ray
Morris, Stephen
Olson, Robert (Rob)
Ostmeyer, Ralph
Owens, Thomas (Tim)
Petersen, Mike
Pilcher-Cook, Mary
Pyle, Dennis
Reitz, Roger
Schmidt, Allen
Schmidt, Vicki
Schodorf, Jean
Steineger, Chris
Taddiken, Mark
Teichman, Ruth
Umbarger, Dwayne
Vratil, John
Wagle, Susan

Kansas Economic Freedom Index: House of Representatives Members

A pdf file holding the votes for all Representatives is Kansas Economic Freedom Index 2012 House Members and Votes. An Excel spreadsheet showing all votes cast is Excel Spreadsheet: Kansas Economic Freedom Index 2012 House Members and Votes. Or, download individual pdf files for each member below:

Alford, Stephen
Arpke, Tom
Aurand, Clay
Ballard, Barbara
Bethell, Bob
Billinger, Rick
Bollier, Barbara
Boman, Benny
Bowers, Elaine
Brookens, Bob
Brown, Anthony
Bruchman, Rob
Brunk, Steven
Burgess, Mike
Burroughs, Tom
Calloway, Terry
Carlin, Sydney
Carlson, Richard
Cassidy, Ward
Collins, Dan
Colloton, Pat
Crum, Dave
Davis, Paul
DeGraaf, Pete
Denning, Jim
Dillmore, Nile
Donohoe, Owen
Fawcett, James
Feuerborn, Bill
Finney, Gail
Flaharty, Geraldine
Frownfelter, Stan
Garber, Randy
Gatewood, Doug
Gatewood, Sean
Goico, Mario
Gonzalez, Ramon
Goodman, Jana
Gordon, Lana
Grange, John
Grant, Robert
Gregory, TerriLois
Grossserode, Amanda
Hayzlett, Gary
Hedke, Dennis
Henderson, Broderick
Henry, Jerry
Hermanson, Phil
Hildabrand, Brett
Hill, Don
Hineman, Don
Hoffman, Kyle
Holmes, Carl
Holmes, Mitch
Howell, Jim
Huebert, Steve
Johnson, Steven
Kelley, Kasha
Kelly, Jim
Kerschen, Dan
Kiegerl, Mike
Kinzer, Lance
Kleeb, Marvin
Knox, Forrest
Kuether, Annie
Landwehr, Brenda
Lane, Harold
LeDoux, Trent
Loganbill, Judith
Mah, Ann
Mast, Peggy
McCray-Miller, Melody
McLeland, Joe
Meier, Melanie
Meigs, Kelly
Mesa, Reynaldo
Montgomery, Robert
Moxley, Tom
O’Brien, Connie
O’Hara, Charlotte
O’Neal, Michael (Mike)
Osterman, Leslie
Otto, Bill
Patton, Joe
Pauls, Janice
Peck, Virgil
Peterson, Michael (Mike)
Phelps, Eber
Phillips, Tom
Pottorff, Jo Ann
Powell, Larry
Prescott, William (Willie)
Proehl, Richard
Rhoades, Marc
Roth, Charles
Rubin, John
Ruiz, Louis
Ryckman, Ronald
Scapa, Joseph
Schroeder, Don
Schwab, Scott
Schwartz, Sharon
Seiwert, Joe
Shultz, Clark
Siegfreid, Arlen
Slattery, Mike
Sloan, Tom
Smith, Greg
Spalding, Sheryl
Suellentrop, Gene
Swanson, Vern
Tietze, Annie
Trimmer, Ed
Tyson, Caryn
Vickrey, Jene
Victors, Ponka-We
Ward, Jim
Weber, Brian
Wetta, Vincent
Williams, Jerry
Winn, Valdenia
Wolf, Kay
Wolf, William
Wolfe Moore, Kathy
Worley, Ron

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ictator February 27, 2011 at 4:57 pm

This index is vital for kansans interested in their legislators votes and economic freedom. This is great to have during the legislative session while a number of important votes are pending. We can see how the new legislators are performing as well as the old.

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