Policy Presentation: A Public Discussion About Kansas City International Airport Print E-mail
By Crosby Kemper III, Patrick Tuohey, and Joseph Miller   
Monday, March 10, 2014

The Kansas City Aviation Department has proposed building a new terminal at Kansas City International Airport (MCI) that could cost $1.2 billion or more. While the city has attempted to collect information on the project independently, most of the data comes from the very people who support the project. In this discussion, the Show-Me Institute will share the results of its own research on the costs, challenges, and likely results of such an endeavor.

Read more of the Show-Me Institute's research into Kansas City International Airport at


Patrick Tuohey on Kansas City International Airport Print E-mail
By Patrick Tuohey   
Thursday, March 06, 2014

Patrick Tuohey explains that the cost of a new terminal at Kansas City International Airport would be passed along to passengers. Higher ticket prices would result and that could cause airlines and travelers to look for alternatives to KCI.


James Shuls on Common Core State Standards Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Monday, March 03, 2014

James Shuls, Ph.D., explains that educational excellence follows from schools empowered to innovate and parents empowered to choose.


Michael Podgursky, Ph.D., on the Minimum Wage Print E-mail
By Michael Podgursky   
Thursday, February 27, 2014

Michael Podgursky, Ph.D., responds to recent arguments to raise the minimum wage. While raising the minimum wage would help a few low-skill workers, it would also eliminate many low-skill jobs. Podgursky says there's a better way.


David Stokes on the Privatization of the Botanical Garden's Gift Shop Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

David Stokes discusses the recent privatization of the Missouri Botanical Garden's gift shop and how government can engage the private sector to improve similar public services. He also discusses the research presented in his recent case study, "Government Privatization In Missouri: Successes, Risks, And Opportunities."


Michael Rathbone on Stadium Sweetheart Deals Print E-mail
By Michael Rathbone   
Thursday, February 13, 2014

Michael Rathbone talks about the fairness of public financing for stadiums. Currently, $24 million in taxpayer money is spent annually for the original construction of the Edward Jones Dome. Saint Louis City taxpayers contribute $6 million of that. Saint Louis County taxpayers contribute another $6 million. And the state of Missouri contributes $12 million from the public coffers each year, but it doesn't make sense that Springfield and Joplin residents are paying for a stadium that they rarely use:


Ferguson Mayor James Knowles On Privatization Print E-mail
Monday, February 10, 2014

There are numerous ways that Missouri communities can benefit from privatization. David Stokes documented examples from across the state to help inform both decision makers and the public about the options available (read the case study). He also interviewed Ferguson Mayor James Knowles about that city's use of privatization:

 If you enjoy these highlights from his interview, please watch the full interview.

Update: Transportation Funding Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Thursday, February 06, 2014

Joseph Miller talks about transportation funding in the Show-Me State. A bill pending in Jefferson City, HJR 68, would put a 1% sales tax to the voters next November. Miller argues that drivers, not shoppers, should pay for roads and bridges.

Update: School Choice Week Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Thursday, January 30, 2014

James Shuls reports on School Choice Week. Earlier in the week Shuls spoke at an Americans for Prosperity (AFP) event in Jefferson City, Mo., where he said that School choice is not only a step towards liberty, but also moves us towards greater prosperity.


Three Recommended Reforms For Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Friday, January 17, 2014

As Missouri's General Assembly gets underway in 2014, they should move to reform Tax Increment Financing (TIF). David Stokes suggests three reforms that the legislature should enact this session:

  1. Prohibit elected city officials from overriding county TIF commissions
  2. Focus TIF subsidies on returning property to greenfield status
  3. Prohibit TIFs from being awarded in floodplains statewide


Policy Breakfast: How Expanding School Choice Could Save Millions Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Thursday, January 16, 2014

Show-Me Institute Director of Education Policy James V. Shuls, Ph.D., introduces his latest paper, "Available Seats? Survey Analysis of Missouri Private School Participation in Potential State Scholarship Programs." Shuls surveyed private school leaders in Kansas City and Saint Louis. His findings suggest that a private school scholarship program would expand choice while potentially saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

Read Shuls' essay: Available Seats? Survey Analysis Of Missouri Private School Participation In Potential State Scholarship Programs.

Show-Me Forum: Hot Issues for 2014: Missouri Legislature and Healthcare Print E-mail
By Bob Roper and Patrick Ishmael   
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

What can you expect from the Missouri Legislature in the 2014 session? Columbia Tribune Columnist Bob Roper detailed the key issues that he thinks lawmakers will tackle. Additionally, Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst Patrick Ishmael outlined the latest on Medicaid expansion and Obamacare.

Show-Me Data: Visualizing Missouri's Low Gas and Tobacco Taxes Print E-mail
By Michael Rathbone   
Friday, December 13, 2013

Michael Rathbone looks at using Show-Me Data to explore the lower excise taxes in Missouri on gasoline, alcohol and tobacco. These lower taxes attract customers from Missouri's eight neighboring states. This shifting of purchases across state lines means higher tax revenues for the state of Missouri. Now, investigate the tax policies that interest you the most at Show-Me Data.

David Stokes Explains Tax Increment Financing Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

In this half-hour interview with Lee Presser that first aired on Nov. 12, 2013, Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst David Stokes explains how Tax Increment Financing (TIF) works and the impact on tax policy. Stokes also reviews several notable TIF proposals.

Video: Is It Time To Leave Kansas City? Print E-mail
Monday, October 14, 2013

Kansas has just enacted sweeping tax reforms, in some cases wiping out some forms of income tax altogether. For years, residents of Kansas City have been lured into Kansas due to issues such as crime, education, and taxes, but have Kansas’ recent moves brought us to a tipping point? Watch Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst Patrick Ishmael; President of Allen Financial, Greg Allen; and CFO of Tarsus, Paul Burns, discuss tax policy fixes for the greater Kansas City area.


Brenda Talent at CPAC St. Louis Print E-mail
By Brenda Talent   
Thursday, October 03, 2013

Show-Me Institute Executive Director Brenda Talent addresses the regional CPAC conference in St. Louis.

$16 Million For Two Blocks? Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Should Missouri and St. Louis taxpayers provide more than $16.5 million in tax subsidies to move Laclede Gas two blocks from 720 Olive to the General American building on Market?

Free Rides In The Zoo Museum Taxing District? Print E-mail
By Haleigh Albers   
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Are visitors from the greater St. Louis region to the St. Louis Zoo free-riding on a diminished tax base?

Panel Discussion of the School Transfer Law Print E-mail
By Rick Edlund and James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Friday, September 13, 2013

The school transfer law has created controversy in Saint Louis. The question is, where do we go from here? Show-Me Institute Communications Director Rick Edlund, hosts a panel disccussion with Show-Me Institute Education Policy Analyst James Shuls, Ph.D.; Normandy School District Superintendent Tyrone McNichols, Ed.D.; Kirkwood School District Superintendent Thomas Williams, Ph.D.; and Mehlville School District Superintendent Eric Knost, Ed.D.

James Shuls, Ph.D., on Teacher Tenure Reform Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D. and Kacie Barnes   
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Show-Me Institute Education Policy Analyst James Shuls, Ph.D., talks about his new essay, The Power to Lead, on teacher tenure reform.

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