Testimony
On The Use Of Public Dollars To Fund A New NFL Stadium In Saint Louis Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller and Michael Rathbone   
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Should the state of Missouri publicly finance the construction and operation of a new professional sports stadium?

 
Funding The State Highway System With Increased Fuel Taxes Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

MoDOT’s funding model has broken down primarily because at both the federal and state levels, the gas tax has not increased.

 
On Film Tax Credits Print E-mail
By Michael Rathbone   
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Most Missourians want a thriving film industry. However, the key question is whether film tax credits will generate enough economic activity in Missouri to justify their use. 

 
The Introduction Of State Regulations Concerning Transportation Network Companies (Missouri Senate) Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Missouri Senate Bill 351 (HB 351) would create a statewide regulatory framework for transportation network companies (TNCs), otherwise known as peer-to-peer ridesharing networks.

 
Ensuring Students Access To Quality Schools Print E-mail
By Brittany Wagner and James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The current version of HB 42 does not provide the educational choice that Missouri students need.

 
The Introduction Of State Regulations Concerning Transportation Network Companies Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Friday, March 06, 2015

Missouri House Bill 792 (HB 792) would create a statewide regulatory framework for transportation network companies (TNCs), otherwise known as peer-to-peer ridesharing networks.

 
The Introduction Of Taxi Regulation In The Lake Of The Ozarks (Osage Beach) Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Thursday, March 05, 2015

When considering taxicab regulations, Osage Beach should review the possibility that what starts as simple registration and basic safety and operation regulations may become more potent over time.

 
The Introduction Of Taxi Regulations At The Lake Of The Ozarks (Lake Ozark) Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Thursday, March 05, 2015

When considering taxicab regulations, Lake Ozark should review the possibility that what starts as simple registration and basic safety and operation regulations may become more potent over time. 

 
On The Proposed Hybrid Pension Plans For Missouri Government Employees Print E-mail
By Michael Rathbone   
Thursday, February 19, 2015

The unfunded liabilities of the state’s public pensions are an economic ticking time bomb. As of June 30, 2014, the Missouri State Employees Retirement System alone has more than $2.8 billion in unfunded liabilities and is only 75.1 percent funded.

 
The New Proposed TIF Project In Sikeston Print E-mail
By Michael Rathbone   
Monday, November 17, 2014

The redevelopment of the Sikeston 60 West Redevelopment Area is welcome, but the now-standard assumption of public subsidies for these projects is unfortunate.

 
Testimony: Comments On The State Freight Plan Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Monday, November 03, 2014

The Missouri Department of Transportation’s (MoDOT) state freight plan is an excellent summary of the state of the system and provides valuable insight on what trends will impact Missouri’s freight transportation network in the future. The plan rightfully prioritizes the maintenance of the system that currently exists and the need to work together with private businesses and local governments to implement needed improvements to the state freight network.

 
Missouri’s Tax Administration Practices: Some Ideas For Improvement Print E-mail
By Michael Rathbone and David Stokes   
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Overall, the three guiding principles in tax policy and tax administration should be simplicity, consistency, and equity. Complexity and inconsistency in administration can cause confusion not only for taxpayers, but also for the people charged with enforcing the state’s rules and regulations.

 
Senate Bill 774: Reforming Tax Increment Financing Districts Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Missouri needs TIF reform. Senate Bill 774 is a beneficial compromise on the subject of TIF.

 
Funding Transportation With A Temporary Sales And Use Tax Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Upon the legislature’s and voters’ approval, Missouri Senate Joint Resolution 48 (SJR48) would institute a 1 percent sales tax to fund significant transportation infrastructure investment in Missouri.

 
The Use Of Tax Increment Financing In Kansas City Print E-mail
By Patrick Tuohey and David Stokes   
Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The Kansas City community is deservedly excited about the expansion of the Burns and McDonnell campus and headquarters within the city. However, neither that excitement nor the undeniable quality of the company necessitates millions of dollars in tax subsidies.

 

 
Fix Transfers, Expand Choice Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Ever since the Missouri Supreme Court upheld a student’s right to transfer from an unaccredited school district to a nearby accredited one, Missouri school leaders have coordinated efforts to put an end to the transfer law. Some of the concerns regarding the transfer program hold merit. For instance, the current law has the potential to lead to the bankruptcy of unaccredited districts or to lead to overcrowding in accredited ones. Unfortunately, these problems have led many to ask, “How can we end student transfers?” rather than, “How can we make the transfer law work for students?”

 
Missouri Public Pensions: Their Funding Status And Roadblocks To Reform Print E-mail
By Michael Rathbone   
Tuesday, April 08, 2014

If pension liabilities continue to be understated, the state faces a significant risk and policymakers may be forced to make drastic cuts to services or significantly raise taxes in order to meet the state’s pension obligations. The risk posed to Missouri’s financial well-being is a real and serious one.

 
Proposed Metro Fare Increase: Discussing The Options Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Thursday, April 03, 2014

Raising Metrobus and Metrolink fares are a reasonable and, depending on the elasticity of transit demand, often an effective method for increasing transit revenues.

 
Testimony: Occupational Licensing In Missouri Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Fewer licensing regulations means that goods and services are cheaper for consumers, and fewer job seekers have to ask the government’s permission before working in the occupations of their choosing. Missouri, nonetheless, has plenty of examples of unnecessary licenses at the state and local levels.

 
The Next Step In Flood Plain Protection And Tax Increment Financing Reform Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Tuesday, March 04, 2014

In 2003, Saint Charles County was given a special exemption that disallowed the use of TIF in the flood plain within that county. House Bill 1709 would expand this taxpayer protection state-wide.

 
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