OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — The 2014 Freedom Index for Kansas legislators is out, and not everyone is keen to talk about their spot in the rankings.
Compiled by the Kansas Policy Institute, the index has been a post-session retrospective staple since 2012. The index ranks state lawmakers according to votes on various pieces of legislation; positive points are awarded for moves supporting economic freedom, student-focused education, limited government and individual liberty, while negative points are awarded for opposing such principles.
For example, the Legislature’s hotly-debated school finance fix, HB 2506, gave supporting lawmakers eight points, while HB 2455, which would have granted a property tax exemption to private utilities operating on military bases in Kansas, would have cost supporters one point.
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