Kansas Policy Institute

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A bill in a Kansas Senate committee would require teachers union members to vote every year on whether to keep the union in place.

Supporters of the proposal say union members should have a right to vote on keeping the union, even if it was already in place when they were hired.

“Once the bargaining unit is there, it’s there," says Dave Trabert with the conservative think tank the Kansas Policy Institute. "If it’s been there 30 years, and you’ve been with the company 25 years, you never had an opportunity to vote on that."

A commission will be working over the coming months to look for possible ways Kansas schools could more efficiently use tax dollars. The group is made up of former lawmakers, education officials and members of advocacy groups like the Kansas Policy Institute.

Those on the commission don't always see eye-to-eye on education issues.

The group elected former advertising executive and Wichita Chamber of Commerce Chairman Sam Williams to head the commission. He says he'll be working to get everyone on the same page.

Former Kansas Budget Director Steve Anderson is going to work for a think tank that advocates tax cuts and lower school funding.

The certified public accountant will have a part-time consulting role with the Wichita-based Kansas Policy Institute.

KPI President Dave Trabert says Anderson's experience as a CPA and his time in government make him "uniquely qualified to find fiscally responsible solutions in government."

As the state's budget director for the past three years, Anderson pushed for Brownback's fiscal policies.