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Through a series of legal maneuvers, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the State Board of Education attempted to prevent students from transferring from Normandy Schools Collaborative. School choice and the school transfer law prevailed last Friday when Judge Michael Burton ruled in favor of transfer students. Since the transfer law was upheld for a few students, it should be upheld for all of them.

 

Like many major cities, St. Louis has a large number of vacant school buildings; however, the process for purchasing those buildings should be streamlined.

 

On 5 Aug, 2014, Missouri voters defeated the transportation sales tax ballot measure.

 

Hospitals and other health care providers in Missouri are required to get a certificate of need if they want to setup shop or expand their operations. Research has shown that this regulatory barrier can result in higher costs and/or lower the quality of the health care services provided.

 

On 5 Aug, 2014, Missouri voters will decide whether to raise the state-wide sales tax 0.75% to fund road and bridge maintenance. The state's roads and bridges are among the best in the nation according to two recent studies. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce ranked Missouri roads 7th best of the 50 states while the Reason Foundation ranked the Show-Me State 8th.

 

Two court decisions about the health insurance subsidies provided for in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) have come down on opposite sides of the issue. As a result, the U.S. Supreme Court may take these cases to clarify the law.

 

Should Kansas City tear down its existing terminal and build a new one? Proponents of the $1.2 billion plan think so, but a Show-Me Institute analysis of that proposal and alternative options suggests the money could be better spent.

 

Michael Rathbone notes Stephen Moore's recent article in the Kansas City Star about Kansas's recent income tax cuts.

 

Greene County's decision to back a land development deal has turned south for tax payers.

 

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COMMENTARY
Privatization in Education—Not as Scary as Some Think
August 21, 2014

Many public officials reject the idea of school choice out of concerns about privatization. Yet privatization is a common part of public education and school choice should be welcomed.

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TESTIMONY
Missouri’s Tax Administration Practices: Some Ideas For Improvement
August 12, 2014

Overall, the three guiding principles in tax policy and tax administration should be simplicity, consistency, and equity. Complexity and inconsistency in administration can cause confusion not only for taxpayers, but also for the people charged with enforcing the state’s rules and regulations.

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ESSAY
The Comparative Expense Of The Proposed New Terminal Plan For Kansas City International Airport
July 16, 2014

The purpose of this essay is to analyze the cost of a proposed new terminal plan at Kansas City International Airport (MCI or KCI) versus a possible major renovation of the existing terminals. The new terminal plan that the Kansas City Aviation Department (KCAD) has proposed envisions a new single terminal that will replace the current three-terminal design, with supporting improvements to the roadways, parking lot, and airfield. The focus here is limited to a discussion of the costs of this proposal and the costs of existing terminal...

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CASE STUDY
Teacher Pension Enhancement In Missouri: 1975 To The Present
July 21, 2014

 This case study examines the history of benefit enhancements in Missouri’s main teacher pension plan from 1975 to the present.

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POLICY STUDY
Policy Briefing: Missouri Transition Costs and Public Pension Reform
March 3, 2014

The goal of public employee pensions is twofold: to provide a safe and secure retirement for our valued state employees and to help recruit and...

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REPORT
2014 Saint Louis County Public Policy Recommendations
July 15, 2014

Analysts and scholars with the Show-Me Institute have identified free-market policy changes that could improve Saint Louis County. These pamphlets summarize those recommendations for transforming the county's regulatory, transparency, budget, and tax policy.

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