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By Joseph Miller on Jul 15, 2015

Last week, comedian John Oliver took on the public funding of sports stadiums on his popular HBO show, Last Week Tonight.

By Brittany Wagner on Jul 15, 2015

When Executive Director Josh Wilson founded Mission: St. Louis in 2006, he had a goal—eliminate poverty in Saint Louis City within six months. 

By Brittany Wagner on May 30, 2015

State Sen. Joseph Keaveny (D-Saint Louis) has an idea: Require school districts to post administrative salaries to their websites. Watch below to hear why Sen. Keaveny believes public school finances should be more transparent.

By Bob Onder, Joseph Keaveny on May 29, 2015
Missouri Senators Bob Onder and Joseph Keaveny talk about the recently concluded legislative session.
By Brittany Wagner on May 20, 2015

HB42 is on Gov. Nixon’s desk. If he signs it, children in failing school districts would be able to cross district boundaries to attend school. That would allow children in Normandy to attend accredited schools only minutes from their home like North Side Community School.

By Eric Hanushek on May 20, 2015

Eric Hanushek, Ph.D., shows that the quality of education is closely related to national economic growth. He has authored or edited 20 books along with more than 200 articles. He is a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and completed his Ph.D. in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


By Joseph Miller on May 08, 2015

Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst Joseph Miller notes that legislation pending in the Missouri state house could fix MoDOT's short term funding problems while creating opportunities to meet future funding requirements.

By Joseph Miller on May 04, 2015

Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst Joseph Miller explains that the Regional Sports Authority (RSA) is using taxpayer money to sue the city of Saint Louis. Their lawsuit would prevent a vote to decide whether city taxpayers will finance a new football stadium.

By James V. Shuls, Ph.D. on May 04, 2015

In June of 2013, the Missouri Supreme Court upheld a state law that allowed students in unaccredited school districts to transfer to nearby accredited districts. The student’s home district would be responsible for making tuition payments and providing transportation. Using data, firsthand accounts, and structured interviews with school district superintendents, this paper examines what happened in response to the transfer program. Specifically, it examines how the districts responded. In all, more than 2,000 students transferred from the unaccredited Normandy and Riverview Gardens school districts, roughly a quarter of the total student population. These students transferred to two dozen area school districts. Except in isolated cases, evidence suggests that these students were largely absorbed into receiving school districts without causing much disruption. For the unaccredited school districts, however, the transfer program had a profound impact on school finances.

Read James Shuls's recent paper on this subject: Interdistrict Choice for Students in Failing Schools: Burden or Boon?

By John Wright on Apr 28, 2015

In 2007, the Missouri Supreme Court threw out 60 years of precedent when it decided that the constitution creates collective bargaining rights for government employees. Since then, public agencies, like school districts and cities, have struggled to make sense of their rights and obligations under this rapidly changing body of law.

At this forum, Policy Researcher John Wright discusses some of the key labor issues affecting government workers. He highlights many of the loopholes, oversights, and ambiguities in existing law that harm the transparency of our public institutions and make it harder for citizens to hold their government accountable.