Taxes - Commentary
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.

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.

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.

Ballot Initiative Lets Motorists Off Hook Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Monday, November 25, 2013

A statewide sales tax is not the way to fund transportation in Missouri. A better policy is to charge users of the roads through high gasoline taxes and tolls.

Kansas City Next Last Giveaway Print E-mail
By David Stokes and Patrick Ishmael   
Monday, October 14, 2013

Not only does the proposed Jackson County medical research tax increase a sales tax that already is too high, it undermines the meaning of the public good.

Free Rides In The Zoo Museum District? Print E-mail
By Haleigh Albers   
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Saint Louis City and County taxpayers are the primary funders for the institutions in the Metropolitan Zoological Park Museum District. To alleviate the ‘free rider’ burden on area residents, taxpayers need to re-evaluate how to fund these attractions. 

Is St. Louis the next Detroit? (Not in my view) Print E-mail
By Rick Edlund   
Friday, August 23, 2013

Saint Louis and Detroit suffer from many of the same problems. The difference is that Detroit has crossed into a state of hopelessness . . . and Saint Louis has not.

Gas Taxes And Tolls Are A Better Way To Fund Missouri Transportation Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Missouri needs to invest more in transportation infrastructure. Our state has long been a critical transportation junction. However, the way we pay for that investment is important. We should not pay for a necessary investment via inappropriate taxes any more than we should use efficient taxes to pay for unnecessary public services (e.g., tourist taxes paying for sports stadiums).

Missouri Urban Assessments Need Greater Consistency Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Monday, May 06, 2013

Missouri assessment practices should contain greater consistency in land valuation.

Missouri Assessments Need Greater Consistency Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Missouri assessment practices substantially favor agricultural property over other types of property. Missouri needs to correct some of that disparity.

Two Thumbs Down on the So-Called ‘Arch Tax’ Print E-mail
By Andrew B. Wilson and James A. Bosnick III   
Friday, March 29, 2013

The so-called “Arch Tax” has little to do with the Gateway Arch. City and county residents should give the proposed sales tax a resounding “no” in the April 2 election.

Taxes Do Harm Growth Print E-mail
By Joseph Haslag and Michael Podgursky   
Monday, February 11, 2013

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is wrong when it says that Kansas is going to fall of a fiscal cliff with its pro-growth tax reforms, and that Missouri will do the same if it follows the same path.

Five New Year’s Resolutions for Enhancing Liberty — And Pulling Back from the ’Fiscal Cliff’ Print E-mail
By Andrew B. Wilson   
Tuesday, January 08, 2013

With all the talk of a “fiscal cliff,” our New Year’s resolutions for 2013 go out to all Missourians who are worried about the state of our state and the state of our union.

Reducing The Size Of The Saint Louis Board Of Aldermen Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A proposal to reduce the size of the Saint Louis City Board of Aldermen from 28 aldermen and wards to 14 is a good one for several reasons.

Proposition B: Forcing Smokers to Cough Up for Education Print E-mail
By Michael Rathbone and James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Increasing taxes on tobacco products disproportionately harms the poor and does not guarantee improved educational outcomes for Missouri students.

Kansas Rolls Out the Red Carpet to Missouri Companies Print E-mail
By Brenda Talent and Patrick Ishmael   
Monday, October 22, 2012

Missouri and Kansas have maintained a steady rivalry for decades, but Kansas' latest tax reforms have changed the competitive landscape between the two states — decidedly in Kansas' favor.

Columbia Should Refrain From Raising Hotel Taxes Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Thursday, October 18, 2012

Columbia, Mo., officials are considering increasing the city’s hotel tax from 4 percent to 7 percent to pay for an airport terminal expansion. That would be a poor decision for the city.

The Loopy Rationale For A Loop Trolley Print E-mail
By Kacie Galbraith   
Friday, September 28, 2012

A recently approved federal grant allows the costly Loop Trolley project to move forward, despite the lack of evidence that it will benefit the area.

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