How Significant is Education to Kansas Spending?

One of the key spending areas of any state government is education. The National Association of State Budget Officers provides information that can be used to make comparisons across states. uses the NASBO data to give us a snapshot of state spending in an 8-state region that includes Kansas. Only Texas spends a larger portion of its state budget (27 percent) than Kansas (25.8 percent) on K-12 education.

This could result from a relatively lean Texas government that sticks to a few functions (including K-12), relative tax preferences of Kansans, and other factors.

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