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Proposed Amendment 7 Is Bad Policy Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Monday, 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.

 
A Transportation Sales Tax Is Bad Policy For Missouri Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Monday, July 21, 2014

Paying for highways based on how much people shop, and not how much they drive, creates a free-rider problem. It promotes congestion, road degradation, and sprawl.

 
Thomas Piketty and Mises’s ‘The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality’ Print E-mail
By Andrew B. Wilson   
Friday, July 11, 2014

Ludwig von Mises’s The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality, a treatise on why capitalism sits in the dock, falsely accused of various crimes against humanity, elegantly rebuts Picketty's trendy rebranding of these old allegations.

 
Five Good Reasons To Reject New KCI Terminal Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The new terminal plan that the Airport Terminal Advisory Group (ATAG) endorsed likely will result in reduced service, higher fares, and greater inconvenience for people flying in and out of Kansas City International Airport (KCI).

 
Excessive Regulation, Not Lyft, Needs To Stop Operating In St. Louis Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The Saint Louis taxicab commission’s regulations are outdated and only serve to restrict competition for taxis in the metropolitan area.

 
Mid-Missouri Food Trucks Face Roadblocks Print E-mail
By Abigail Fallon   
Monday, July 07, 2014

Missouri municipalities need to revise food truck laws that protect the interests of brick-and-mortar restaurants at the expense of consumer choice.

 
Beware The Jabberwock (And Downtown Streetcars) Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Thursday, June 26, 2014

Kansas City residents should beware of the extreme costs and questionable benefits of the proposed $472 million Kansas City Streetcar expansion.

 
Creationism, The Left’s Weapon Against School Choice Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Thursday, June 26, 2014

Left-leaning commentators use creationism to argue against private school choice programs, but ignore complaints from the right about public schools. 

 
Want Better Teachers In High-Need Schools? Fix Pensions Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Thursday, June 26, 2014

 Missouri’s three separate pension systems stand in the way of improving the quality of the teacher workforce in Saint Louis and Kansas City.

 
Missouri’s Conservatives: Resolved to be Irresolute Print E-mail
By Andrew B. Wilson   
Thursday, May 29, 2014

The 2014 session of the Missouri Legislature did little or nothing to advance the growth and competitiveness of our state.

 
Parents Agree: More Is Better Print E-mail
By Robert Enlow and James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Sunday, May 11, 2014

Across the board, the majority of voters supported expanding educational options for students. Missouri lawmakers should keep this in mind as they work to "fix" the interdistrict transfer law.

 
Excessive Regulation, Not Lyft, Needs To Stop Operating In Kansas City Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Friday, May 09, 2014

Kansas City’s taxicab regulations are outdated and only serve to restrict competition for taxis in the city.

 
Cape Girardeau Should Think Twice Before Establishing CID Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Cape Girardeau should think very carefully before it establishes a Downtown Community Improvement District (CID). Often, these CIDs are not operated in an open and public manner.

 
Racing To The Wrong End Zone – In Transportation Funding Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Monday, April 14, 2014

A bill proposing a statewide 1-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. 

 
Two Cheers For The Isla Del Sol Causeway Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Thursday, April 03, 2014

While Community Improvement Districts (CID) often force unwilling property owners to pay for questionable public goods, the Isla Del Sol CID at the Lake of the Ozarks may be the exception to the rule.

 
Expansion Is Wrong Move For Medicaid Print E-mail
By Patrick Ishmael   
Monday, March 31, 2014

Missouri should work to make Medicaid better, not double down on a broken status quo by expanding the program.

 
Bad Data, Bad Tech and No Expansion Lead to Fall in Missouri Medicaid Enrollment Print E-mail
By Patrick Ishmael   
Monday, March 24, 2014
After President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimated that nearly 12 million people would be added to the country’s Medicaid rolls by 2014. At the time the expansion was mandatory, and the expectation was that most states would fall into line and enroll people. Hundreds of thousands were expected to enroll in Missouri alone.

Read the rest of this commentary by Patrick Ishmael in the March 7 edition of Forbes.

Patrick Ishmael is a policy analyst at the Show-Me Institute, which promotes market solutions for Missouri public policy.

 
Clayton Seeks Four-Leaf Clover Of Tax Increases Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Friday, March 21, 2014

Clayton has placed four different tax increases on the April 2014 ballot, which are, for the most part, unnecessary. Furthermore, passing all of these tax increases would be detrimental to the Clayton business community.

 
Minimum Wage Hurts The Workers Print E-mail
By Patrick Ishmael   
Monday, March 17, 2014

A minimum wage hike is a bad idea because it hurts the very people we should be helping.

 
Current Teacher Pension Systems Impose A “Tariff” On Labor Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Thursday, February 27, 2014

With the exception of Saint Louis and Kansas City, which have autonomous pension systems, all of Missouri’s school districts are part of the Public School Retirement System (PSRS). If a teacher moves from PSRS to one of the city plans, he or she will incur a significant loss in pension wealth.

 
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