Show-Me Institute intern Jessica Stearns talks about the recent "Show-Me $15" campaign for a higher state-wide minimum wage. She points out that the minimum wage hurts the people it is suppose to help because employers inevitably fire workers to deal with their higher labor costs.
Alternative public charter schools like DeLaSalle in Kansas City serve kids who struggle in traditional public schools. Because of school choice, K'Von Williams is now a senior at DeLaSalle who is benefiting from their unique academic approach.
As K'Von Williams illustrates, DeLaSalle Education Center transforms young lives. Unfortunately, Missouri uses a one-size-fits-all accountability model to evaluate public schools. Because DeLaSalle serves only dropouts and at-risk students, it cannot so easily mask its students' performance like other alternative high schools across the state, which count their students' scores with the overall district. Missouri should reform its public school accountability system so that more students like K'Von get a second chance at receiving a quality education.
Did you know that government union employees get taxpayer funded leave which can be used for partisan activities? While union release time is often to attend conferences or other activities, a recent report from the Competitive Enterprise Institute highlights how unionized government workers in Missouri have misused the practice. They conclude that greater transparency is needed.
In this Speaker Series on Economic Policy presentation, CATO Director of Health Policy Studies, Michael Cannon, discusses the King v. Burwell case that is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. In examining this topic, Cannon poses and answers the question: can the president rewrite the ACA without Congress?
Kansas City may soon be talking about building a convention hotel downtown. Just as with other promises of economic development, convention hotel business in other cities have never lived up to projections. Kansas Citians are right to be wary.
What does the pending U.S. Supreme Court case King v. Burwell mean for Missouri? Director of Government Accountability Patrick Ishmael notes that moving away from Obamacare is the first step to putting patients first.
The University of Missouri has refused to release course syllabi in accordance with state transparency laws. John Wright points out that it makes very little sense for a public university to treat course content as a secret. Especially when much of the information the university is shielding from transparency laws is already available to the public.
Policy Analyst Joseph Miller discusses the issues confronting transportation funding in Missouri at the ACEC Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. After discussing some of the problems of the current state highway funding, he discusses how user-fees and market-based transportation provision can lead to better, more efficient state infrastructure.
Saint Louis City has offered to help fund a new stadium for the Rams, but urban revitalization projects, like a new stadium for the Rams, don't bring the economic development promised by politicians, notes Policy Analyst Joseph Miller.
Are you a high school history teacher? If so you may want to invite us to your school for a presentation on the Great Depression. The presentation is about 25 minutes long followed by a question and answer session with the students. Please call the Show-Me Institute at (314)454-0647 or email Michael.Rathbone@ShowMeInstitute.org with any inquiries.
Earlier this month, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) released a report on implementing tolling on I-70 across Missouri. Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst Joseph Miller talks about the report's findings.
At the end of this month, the Show-Me Institute will be sponsoring National School Choice Week events in Saint Louis and Kansas City. Please join us for School Choice: Let Me Be Me. Register now for Kansas City and/or Saint Louis.