City leaders are still pointing to Kansas City’s downtown as an economic development success story.
Economic development incentives like tax increment financing (TIF) and tax abatement have been grossly misused in Missouri’s two major cities for decades.
In the two-bit morality play that is pension reform in Missouri, my colleagues and I are frequently cast as the villains.
Earlier this month the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released a draft of its plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.
This morning, the United State Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of a Columbia preschool that was denied a state grant to purchase scrap tires for their playground.
Earlier this week, the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University released a new study of Charter Management Organizations. The study included more than 3.6 million student records from 26 states, including Missouri. A total of 5,715 charter schools were included in the study.
For years, a development group led by former Kansas City politico Mike Burke has been trying to close a convention hotel deal downtown. It’s tough to know exactly what is going on, but recent news stories do not inspire confidence.
The City of Kansas City has issued a new, new request for proposals to build a new airport terminal or perhaps even renovate the structures there now. This is good news; the process up to this point has moved in fits and starts, and according to one councilman, was “really weird.”
On June 19, 2017, Show-Me Institute Policy Researcher Graham Renz testified before the Chesterfield Valley Transportation Development District (TDD) Board of Directors regarding the extension of the TDD sales tax for the purpose of subsidizing an ice complex.
The City of St. Louis is exploring the privatization of Lambert International Airport through the federal Airport Pilot Privatization Program (APPP). The APPP allows a limited number of publicly owned and operated airports to exchange the right to operate and manage their facilities (and so, pursue profits) with private firms in return for major up-front cash payments, a share of future revenues, and major capital investments.