Show-Me Now! Courts Weigh Obamacare Subsidies Print E-mail
By Michael Rathbone   
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Two court decisions about the health insurance subsidies provided for in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) have come down on opposite sides of the issue. As a result, the U.S. Supreme Court may take these cases to clarify the law.


Show-Me Now! KCI New Terminal: A Flight Of Fancy? Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Should Kansas City tear down its existing terminal and build a new one? Proponents of the $1.2 billion plan think so, but a Show-Me Institute analysis of that proposal and alternative options suggests the money could be better spent.

Read our analysis: The Comparative Expense Of The Proposed New Terminal Plan For Kansas City International Airport

Show-Me Now! Give Tax Cuts A Chance Print E-mail
By Michael Rathbone   
Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Michael Rathbone notes Stephen Moore's recent article in the Kansas City Star about Kansas's recent income tax cuts. Critics have claimed that the 18-month-old tax cuts haven't worked while both Moore and Rathobone argue that they need more time for their full impact to be realized.

Show-Me Now! Greene County's Bad Bet Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Greene County's decision to back a land development deal has turned south for tax payers.




Show-Me Now! Let Transfer Students Return Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Friday, June 27, 2014

More and more school districts around St. Louis refuse to let transfer students from Normandy come back this year even though its in their power to do so. Director of Education Policy, James Shuls, has a simple message for these districts: "let the students return!" and he's not alone. Adolphus M. Pruitt, 1st vice president of the Missouri NAACP and president of the Saint Louis NAACP, joined Shuls in a joint statement asking area school districts to allow last years transfer students from Normandy to return again this year.

School Transfer: One Family's Disappointment Print E-mail
By Brittany Wagner   
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The decisions of Missouri's State Board of Education, the Department Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Board of Francis Howell School District have left this family with few options.


Show-Me Now! No More Tangles For Hair Braiders? Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

David Stokes, the Show-Me Institute Director of Local Government Policy, talks about the Institute for Justice's lawsuit challenging Missouri's onerous licensing requirements for African-style hair braiders.

Show-Me Now! Introducing Brittany Wagner Print E-mail
By Brittany Wagner   
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Show-Me Institute Education Policy Research Assistant Brittany Wagner discusses one of the reasons she decided to leave her career in teaching and join the Show-Me Institute.

Show-Me Now! Missouri's Economy is Lagging Behind Print E-mail
By Rik W. Hafer   
Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Show-Me Institute Research Fellow Rik Hafer, Ph.D., discusses how Missouri's economy has performed since 2000 relative to its neighbors and the country. Hafer and Show-Me Institute Policy Researcher Michael Rathbone outlined the details of Missouri's competitiveness with its neighbors in a recent essay: Missouri's Economic Record in the 21st Century.


Show-Me Now! Red Tape: No Fare for Lyft, Uber Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Show-Me Institute's Director of Local Government Policy, David Stokes, talks about the regulatory capture that taxi cabs enjoy in St. Louis and Kansas City. The taxi cab companies control the taxi commissions in those cities. Not surprisingly, those commissions have created barriers to entry for companies like Lyft and Uber who offer alternatives to traditional taxi service.


Show-Me Now! Vo-Tech: Another Educational Choice Print E-mail
By Emily Watson   
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Show-Me Institute Intern Emily Watson talks about the importance of vo-tech education and congratulates Missouri's General Assembly for legislation that allows Missouri high school students to apply vo-tech classes toward their school requirements.



May 20 (St. Louis): 2014 Legislative Session Wrap-Up Print E-mail
By John Lamping   
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Missouri Sen. John Lamping (R-Dist. 24) talks about the recently concluded 2014 state legislative session.



MetroLink: The Great Race - Part Deux Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller, Michael Rathbone, and Emily Watson   
Sunday, May 18, 2014

On Friday, May 9, Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT) held a race between the MetroLink, cars, and bikers from one metro stop to another one. That seemed rigged in favor of the MetroLink to us, so we held our own race from our office in the Central West End to BARcelona in Clayton.

St. Louis's light rail, MetroLink, has been built on press events and promises. The CMT made-for-media race earlier this month is a great example of the former, but consider some of the promises made to sell MetroLink:

* "...some of Metro Link's heaviest use could come from lunch-hour passengers moving among downtown, Union Station and the Central West End." - St. Louis Post-Dispatch 10/26/1988

* "The city is talking with investors and developers about building a golf course just north of the King Bridge, an area of abandoned rail lines... City planners picture light industry around the golf course.

"Conventioneers, just five minutes from East St. Louis by rail, offer a natural market for a golf course..." - St. Louis Post-Dispatch 10/17/1993

During our race, Joseph Miller provides the numbers behind MetroLink. It's incredibly expensive and there are better ways to improve public transportation. For example, money used on MetroLink would be better spent improving bus service.

Note 1: When Joseph Miller refers to "city" and "city planners" he means the "St. Louis region" and "regional planners".

Show-Me Now! Missouri's 2014 Budget Print E-mail
By Michael Rathbone   
Thursday, May 15, 2014

Show-Me Institute Policy Researcher Michael Rathbone provides a snapshot of the budget recently passed in Jefferson City. Much of it is worthwhile, but why are we spending money on a political convention in Kansas City?

May 6 (Columbia): 2014 Legislative Session: The Home Stretch Print E-mail
By Rep. Chris Kelly and Joseph Haslag   
Friday, May 09, 2014

Missouri Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia) and Show-Me Institute Chief Economist Joseph Haslag, Ph.D., talk about Missouri's 2014 legislative session.

Show-Me Now! Missouri's Income Tax Cut Print E-mail
By Brenda Talent   
Friday, May 09, 2014

Show-Me Institute CEO Brenda Talent congratulates Missouri's General Assembly for finally cutting the state's income tax, but she also notes that more needs to be done. For Missouri to become more competitive it has to reduce taxes further. The Show-Me Institute has written about how to accomplish this:


Show-Me Now! Food Trucks Fight Red Tape Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Tuesday, May 06, 2014

We caught up with some food truck vendors at the 2014 St. Louis Food Truck rally last Saturday. David Stokes asked them about the their fight against red tape in St. Louis city and county. Things are getting better, but there's still work to be done.

Expanded Opportunities: A Discussion About Tax Credit Scholarships Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Friday, May 02, 2014

Many students in unaccredited school districts want and need better educational options. However, Missouri’s public school leaders do not want to provide those options through inter-district choice programs. They worry that inter-district choice would bankrupt struggling school districts and place an undue burden on the more successful ones. There is, however, an option that avoids these problems – private school choice financed through tax credit scholarship programs. These programs, which are in place in 14 states, expand educational opportunities for K-12 students by generating private investment in education.

The Show-Me Institute and the Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise at Lindenwood University hosted a discussion about tax credit scholarships, explaining what they are and how they might be beneficial to Missouri. During the event, Jason Bedrick and Jonathan Butcher presented information from their recent Show-Me Institute case-studies and Paul DiPerna presented the findings of a new poll. The discussion also included a legislative panel that included Missouri Senators John Lamping and Maria Chappelle-Nadal and Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones. You can view the papers and video of the presentations via the links below.

Show-Me Now! Missourians Want School Choice Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Friday, May 02, 2014

The Show-Me Institute in partnership with the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice conducted a poll of Missouri voters. Missourians overwhelmingly want school choice. The full results will be released May 6 at

Show-Me Now! Medicaid Transformation? Print E-mail
By Patrick Ishmael   
Thursday, April 24, 2014

In an effort to bring Obamacare to Missouri, legislators in Jefferson City have re-branded the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion as a "Medicaid transformation." Missouri voters have repeatedly rejected Obamacare and any piecemeal adoption of its requirements. Missouri's General Assembly should do so again.

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