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Public Dollars, Private Schools Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Thursday, April 18, 2013

In this Columbia, MO Forum, Show-Me Institute Education Policy Analyst James Shuls spoke to an enthusiastic crowd about what private funding of public schools really looks like.
"Isn't that just a voucher?"
"No," says Shuls, as he describes the three basic types of publicly-funded private schooling.
This talk was reprised the following morning at the Show-Me Institute's office in Saint Louis.

 
Fumbling Away Your Money? Print E-mail
By Michael Rathbone   
Friday, March 08, 2013

Are the Rams on their way out of St. Louis? A recent decision by arbitrators could have a serious impact on whether the Rams stay or go. Show-Me Institute Policy Researcher Michael Rathbone explains what this decision means not only for the Rams, but for taxpayers as well.

 
Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying: Government Lobbying Government Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Most lobbyists who vie for tax dollars are privately funded. But some public entities — cities, public employee groups and others — hire lobbyists using taxpayer dollars, in order to lobby higher levels of government for even more tax dollars. Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst David Stokes discusses the concept briefly in this video, and at length in a recent paper.

 
Three Ways Bad Public Policy Hurts Missouri Print E-mail
By Patrick Ishmael and David Stokes   
Monday, February 18, 2013

In this February 2013 Show-Me Forum, Policy Analysts David Stokes and Patrick Ishmael detail some of the specific bad public policies that are hurting Missouri. Of particular focus are corporate handouts in the form of development tax incentives, governments lobbying other governments for a larger share of taxpayer money, and Enterprise Zones (plus EEZs). Like all the Show-Me Forums, this event was held in Columbia. On the following day, Stokes and Ishmael reprised this presentation for an audience in the Show-Me Institute's office in the Central West End of Saint Louis.

 
Changing Children's Lives: A Rally for School Choice Print E-mail
By Kacie Galbraith   
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Crowds of parents and students rallied at Union Station in Kansas City to celebrate school choice, as part of the National School Choice Week Whistle Stop Train Tour. Students sang, danced, and cheered as speakers drove home the message that students are all different — but they share one thing in common. They all deserve a quality education.

 
James V. Shuls Discusses Education Reform on Missouri Viewpoints Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Funding for K-12 public education is an important issue, especially now. The state’s school funding formula is underfunded and federal support for education is likely to decline in the next year. Show-Me Institute education policy analyst, James V. Shuls, discusses this topic on Missouri Viewpoints with Mike Ferguson. So what is the answer to Missouri’s education funding problems? According to Shuls, “The answer can’t always be more.” Rather, the state and school districts need to begin to rethink how we deliver education.

 
Tax Subsidies For The Wealthy Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tax Increment Financing is one of the most common forms of local government corporate welfare. Here in Saint Louis, developers are attempting to use it in one of the most vibrant and economically healthy neighborhoods. A new high-rise apartment and Whole Foods grocery would be wonderful, but it should not involve taxpayer subsidy.

 
Checking the Books: Safeguarding Missouri's Money Print E-mail
By Tom Schweich   
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

On December 6, Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich stopped by the Show-Me Institute's office in the Central West End of Saint Louis to discuss his work and his office for a packed-house crowd. Among the topics Schweich discussed: how his office has saved taxpayer money, and how much; the state auditor's office's new rapid response team; Auditor Schweich's personal bio and how he came from practicing law, to international law enforcement, to returning to Missouri to become State Auditor; and Auditor Schweich's favorite part of his current position — helping small towns throughout the state find their financial footing.

 
The 2012 Elections: Analysis and Commentary Print E-mail
By Bob Roper   
Friday, December 07, 2012

In the final Show-Me Forum breakfast lecture of 2012, Bob Roper recapped the recent election results, discussing both national elections and Missouri elections.

 
The Salary Straitjacket - Presentation Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Tuesday, December 04, 2012

On November 7th, James Shuls presented his paper, The Salary Straitjacket, to the Missouri Mathematics and Science Coalition in Jefferson City, Missouri. This is the audio of that presentation, along with the slides Shuls used.

 
Paperless Ticketing: Are You a Belieber? Print E-mail
By Kacie Galbraith   
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Ticketmaster is proposing paperless ticketing technology that would limit the freedom of fans to buy, sell, and give away tickets to concerts and other events. Show-Me Institute Research Assistant Kacie Galbraith stopped by the recent Justin Bieber concert in Saint Louis to ask fans what they think of the change.

 
Suppressing the Vote or Stopping Fraud: the Voter ID Debate Print E-mail
By John Fund and Denise Lieberman   
Saturday, November 03, 2012

On October 25, 2012, in an event co-sponsored by the Federalist Society and the Show-Me Institute, a crowd of excited attendees gathered despite inclement weather in Saint Louis to watch a debate on the hotly contested topic of voter ID laws.

John Fund, senior editor of the American Spectator, and Denise Lieberman, senior attorney for Advancement Project, represented the opposing sides of the debate, with Missouri Circuit Court Judge Robert H. Dierker moderating.

 
Reforming Healthcare by Seeding Free Market Formation Print E-mail
By John C. Goodman   
Wednesday, October 10, 2012

On September 27, 2012, the Show-Me Institute co-sponsored the latest lecture in the economic speaker series at the Saint Louis University John Cook School of Business.

In this talk, renowned health care expert John C. Goodman explained, with humor and lively examples, how the problems with health care in the U.S. stem not from too little regulation, but from too much. Dr. Goodman also described a path to improving health care by allowing markets to work.

 
How Can We Fix Education in Missouri? Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Wednesday, October 03, 2012

On the Show-Me Daily blog I have noted how Missouri’s education system is stuck in terms of academic achievement (here and here). To get our state moving in the right direction, we must empower schools and provide parents with educational options. The school in this video, City Academy, embodies these two principles.

 
Is "Fairness" What Makes America Great? Print E-mail
By Arthur Brooks   
Thursday, September 27, 2012

At the Show-Me Institute's Speaker Series on September 12, American Enterprise Institute CEO Arthur Brooks spoke about the fairness argument.

 
Are Free Markets Only Good for the Rich? Print E-mail
By Arthur Brooks   
Thursday, September 27, 2012

At the Show-Me Institute's Speaker Series on September 12, American Enterprise Institute CEO Arthur Brooks talked about the moral argument for capitalism and free enterprise.

 
The Road to Freedom Print E-mail
By Arthur Brooks   
Friday, September 14, 2012

In the tenth installment of the Show-Me Speaker Series, American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks spoke to an enthusiastic crowd on the topic of liberty and free markets.

Essential to the message Brooks conveyed is the idea that proponents of free markets should focus less on cold data such as tax rates and more on individual stories of human flourishing brought about by reduced barriers to trade and robust property rights.

This event was held at and co-sponsored by the Saint Louis University John Cook School of Business.

 
Show-Me Experience Print E-mail
By Sufyan Katariwala   
Thursday, August 30, 2012

We were pleased to have Sufyan Katariwala as an intern at the Show-Me Institute this summer. He proved to be a hard worker and a real asset. Here’s Sufyan explaining why it was a good experience for him and can be for you too!

 
Who is Hurt by Eminent Domain Abuse and TIF in Richmond Heights? - Part 4 Print E-mail
Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Hadley Township community in Saint Louis County is another example of the devastation that Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and eminent domain abuse in Missouri can cause. Residents have been stuck in a state of uncertainly for years now as the city and various developers have planned to buy and/or take their homes for commercial development. That uncertainty has had a devastating impact on the neighborhood as some residents let their properties deteriorate (understandable in the situation) while others tried valiantly to maintain their homes and the historically African-American neighborhood they love. The Show-Me Institute sat down with residents to discuss the situation in Hadley Township in this series of videos.

 
What's the Spend-o-Meter? Print E-mail
By Michael Rathbone   
Friday, August 24, 2012

What's the Spend-O-Meter? Michael Rathbone explains!

 
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