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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
Students Need Choice, Not-Pie-in-the-Sky Solutions
December 18, 2014

A city-county school district has been proposed as a way to ensure disadvantaged students have access to high-quality schools. This idea, however, is unlikely to happen or to have the desired effect. School choice programs, on the other hand, could expand options for students today.

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TESTIMONY
The New Proposed TIF Project In Sikeston
November 17, 2014

The redevelopment of the Sikeston 60 West Redevelopment Area is welcome, but the now-standard assumption of public subsidies for these projects is unfortunate.

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ESSAY
Urban Neglect: Kansas City’s Misuse of Tax Increment Financing
December 11, 2014

In Kansas City Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is not being used to address legitimate blight or pervasive economic need, but rather to subsidize private development, often rewarding politically connected developers instead.

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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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