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

 

Patrick Tuohey notes an effort in Kansas City to bring the Super Bowl to town, but is it worth it? Several research papers have shown that the tax revenue used to bring big events to a city is only rarely recouped by the revenue generated by the event. Kansas City should spend tax payers money on more pressing needs.

 

Brittany Wagner reviews some highlights from her recent interview with Joshua Schindler. Schindler is the lawyer representing Normandy students who are trying to transfer to accredited school districts.

 

Show-Me Institute Education Policy Research Assistant Brittany Wagner interviewed lawyer Joshua Schindler about his work advocating for transfer students. Missouri's transfer law allows students in unaccredited public school districts to transfer to nearby accredited schools; however, a number of districts have refused to accept transfer students, even students that they had accepted last year.

 

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.

 

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COMMENTARY
Taxing a Population: Saint Louis and Kansas City’s Earnings Tax Draw People Away
September 5, 2014

New study reveals a correlation between stifled population growth and the 1 percent earnings tax in Saint Louis and Kansas City.

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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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Updated Estimates Of The Effects Of Earnings Taxes On City Growth
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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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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 Briefing: Missouri Transition Costs and Public Pension Reform
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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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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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