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Tyson tops ‘Freedom Index’

By The Herald Staff | 7/14/2014

WICHITA — When Caryn Tyson told Franklin County residents, “I’m for freedom,” at an April legislative coffee event in Ottawa, she meant it, a state conservative group said.

The Kansas Policy Institute announced Monday that state Sen. Tyson, R-Parker, topped the state’s Freedom Index — an educational tool used to inform the public about broad economic and education freedom issues that are important to Kansans, the Wichita-based group said.

WICHITA — When Caryn Tyson told Franklin County residents, “I’m for freedom,” at an April legislative coffee event in Ottawa, she meant it, a state conservative group said.

The Kansas Policy Institute announced Monday that state Sen. Tyson, R-Parker, topped the state’s Freedom Index — an educational tool used to inform the public about broad economic and education freedom issues that are important to Kansans, the Wichita-based group said.

The ranking is based on legislative votes during the 2013-2014 session that align with the policy mission and ideology of the Kansas Policy Institute, a member of the State Policy Network, a non-profit organization financially supported by Charles and David Koch.

Tyson finished at the top of the list for Kansas legislators, scoring an 87 Freedom percent, according to the Kansas Policy Institute. The only score higher than Tyson was state Rep. Craig McPherson, R-Overland Park, who scored a 93 Freedom percent.

“An informed citizenry is an essential element of maintaining a free society,” Dave Trabert, Kansas Policy Institute president, said. “Having a deeper understanding of how legislation impacts education freedom, economic freedom and the constitutional principles of individual liberty and limited government allows citizens to better understand the known and often unknown consequences of legislative issues.”

State Rep. Kevin Jones, R-Wellsville, scored a 78.2 Freedom percent, while state Rep. Blaine Finch, R-Ottawa, was awarded a 40 Freedom percent score.

The cumulative score only pertains to the specific votes included in the Kansas Freedom Index and should not be interpreted otherwise, the group said. The legislation used to determine the score can be viewed at http://www.kansaspolicy.org/EconomicFreedomIndex/Main/

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