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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.

 

More and more school districts around St. Louis refuse to let transfer students from Normandy come back this year even though its in their power to do so. Director of Education Policy, James Shuls, has a simple message for these districts: "let the students return!" and he's not alone. Adolphus M. Pruitt, 1st vice president of the Missouri NAACP and president of the Saint Louis NAACP, joined Shuls in a joint statement asking area school districts to allow last years transfer students from Normandy to return again this year.

 

The decisions of Missouri's State Board of Education, the Department Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Board of Francis Howell School District have left this family with few options.

 

David Stokes, the Show-Me Institute Director of Local Government Policy, talks about the Institute for Justice's lawsuit challenging Missouri's onerous licensing requirements for African-style hair braiders.

 

Show-Me Institute Education Policy Research Assistant Brittany Wagner discusses one of the reasons she decided to leave her career in teaching and join the Show-Me Institute.

 

Show-Me Institute Research Fellow Rik Hafer, Ph.D., discusses how Missouri's economy has performed since 2000 relative to its neighbors and the country. Hafer and Show-Me Institute Policy Researcher Michael Rathbone outlined the details of Missouri's competitiveness with its neighbors in a recent essay: Missouri's Economic Record in the 21st Century.

 

The Show-Me Institute's Director of Local Government Policy, David Stokes, talks about the regulatory capture that taxi cabs enjoy in St. Louis and Kansas City. The taxi cab companies control the taxi commissions in those cities. Not surprisingly, those commissions have created barriers to entry for companies like Lyft and Uber who offer alternatives to traditional taxi service.

 

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COMMENTARY
Proposed Amendment 7 Is Bad Policy
July 21, 2014

A bill proposing a statewide 0.75 percent sales tax is not a fair or economically sound way to fund transportation infrastructure in the state. Instead, Missouri should consider increasing user fees in the form of gas taxes or tolls to pay for roads and bridges.

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TESTIMONY
Senate Bill 774: Reforming Tax Increment Financing Districts
April 23, 2014

Missouri needs TIF reform. Senate Bill 774 is a beneficial compromise on the subject of TIF.

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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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