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James Shuls, Ph.D., talks about the Goodloe family's decision to leave the Normandy School District and return to Francis Howell School District.

 

Missouri taxpayers underwrote the recently released Gone Girl to the tune of $2.36 million. Was that investment worth it?

 

In 2006, the state of Indiana leased the Indiana Toll Road to a private company. That company went bankrupt recently, but, because the toll road had been privatized, taxpayers weren't stuck with the bill.

 

This debate hosted at the Kansas City Library and sponsored by the Show-Me Institute addressed the question: does more government help or hurt?

 

Missouri voters recently defeated a sales tax initiative to fund transportation needs. Nonetheless, Missouri's Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has to find funding for maintenance and improvement projects. This panel discussion explores future funding options for MoDOT.

 

You may have heard of Common Core--the Common Core State Standards--but what are these standards for primary education and are they appropriate for Missouri? This panel of educational experts discuss their pros and cons.

 

Tax Increment Financing and similar tax subsidies are intended to improve areas that are blighted, but is that what they're really used for?

 

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COMMENTARY
Arnold Wastewater Privatization: Don’t Waste the Opportunity
October 13, 2014

Arnold will benefit from a carefully implemented sewer system privatization deal with Missouri American Water.

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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
Updated Estimates Of The Effects Of Earnings Taxes On City Growth
September 4, 2014

City governments provide important services to city residents, and these services need to be financed through taxation. In turn, taxation alters the decisions of those being taxed, and these effects need to be considered when city officials are deciding how to finance the services provided. Put simply, a city government needs to be mindful of the aphorism “If you tax something, you will get less of it.” Because of the relative immobility of property, property taxes are the most important source of tax revenue for cities; however, both the...

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CASE STUDY
Decentralization Through Centralization: The Story Of The Recovery School District
September 16, 2014

Individuals who support free markets and limited government often are the most strident advocates for school choice. Many of these same individuals applaud the development of the emerging school choice market in New Orleans. The irony of this is that Louisiana has expanded choice and created the first all-charter school district in the country through the use of greater centralized control.

This strategy of promoting decentralization through centralization is spreading. Thus far, Louisiana’s turnaround has inspired Tennessee, Michigan, and...

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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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