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Arnold Wastewater Privatization: Don’t Waste the Opportunity Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Monday, October 13, 2014

Arnold will benefit from a carefully implemented sewer system privatization deal with Missouri American Water.

 
A Lesson for Missouri: Indiana Toll Road Bankruptcy Highlights Privatization Advantages Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The bankruptcy of the Indiana Toll Road Concession Company shows how privatization can advantage the taxpayer and use private capital for transportation infrastructure investments, even when the project itself does not go according to plan.

 
MoDOT Vastly Overstates Its Need For Funding Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Tuesday, October 07, 2014

MoDOT needs funding, not more hyperbole.

 
Tolls On I-70 Could Be Solution To Modot's Funding Problems Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Tuesday, October 07, 2014

With the defeat of Amendment 7, officials are looking for ways to fund Missouri’s highway system.

 
Please Convince Me: The Pros and Cons to Raising Property Taxes in Columbia Print E-mail
By Michael Rathbone   
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

 In November, Columbia residents will consider whether to raise their property taxes in order to fund public safety. Supporters and opponents of the measure both had good cases to make, and their arguments should be taken into consideration.

 
Taxing a Population: Saint Louis and Kansas City’s Earnings Tax Draw People Away Print E-mail
By Rik W. Hafer   
Friday, September 05, 2014

New study reveals a correlation between stifled population growth and the 1 percent earnings tax in Saint Louis and Kansas City.

 
Delays and Blockades: Certificate of Need in Saint Louis Print E-mail
By Christien West   
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Missouri’s certificate of need (CON) program is an unnecessary state regulation that hinders entry and expansion into the medical market for hospitals and other health care facilities.

 
Privatization in Education—Not as Scary as Some Think Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Many public officials reject the idea of school choice out of concerns about privatization. Yet privatization is a common part of public education and school choice should be welcomed.

 
Nix The NIDs Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Monday, August 11, 2014

Greene County taxpayers are now on the hook for a failed private business development because the county inappropriately guaranteed the bonds via a Neighborhood Improvement District.

 
Teacher Retirement System Demands Reform Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Tuesday, August 05, 2014

If public pension benefits keep growing the tax payer will be on the hook to pay for them.

 
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.

 
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