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.

Show-Me Now! Corporate Welfare In KC Print E-mail
By Patrick Tuohey   
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Burns & McDonnell is a Kansas City success story, so why is it asking taxpayers to fund the development of a lot next to its corporate headquarters? Read Patrick Tuohey's testimony before KC's TIF commission against this corporate welfare.


Show-Me Now! Time To Cut Taxes? Print E-mail
By Michael Rathbone   
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

You paid your income taxes earlier this week, but until tax freedom day, your still working for the government. According to the non-partisan Tax Foundation, this year's tax freedom day is April 21 nationally. Lowering or even eliminating income taxes would make it come even sooner and the Show-Me Institute has researched policies that would move Missouri in that direction:


Why Was The Depression So Great? Print E-mail
By Michael Rathbone   
Saturday, April 12, 2014

Show-Me Institute Policy Researcher Michael Rathbone explains the causes of the Great Depression and the effects of government policies during that crisis in this presentation titled "Why was the Depression so Great?"

This presentation covers three main points: what caused the Great Depression; what caused it to go on for so long; and how did we finally get out of it.

Many believe that the cause was the stock market crash of 1929, which caused the Great Depression and a laissez-faire approach toward the crisis, ultimately making things worse. However, that is incorrect. In fact, while the crash started the crisis, it was a series of well-intentioned but poorly thought-out government actions that turned a sharp recession into a depression.

This presentation details how, in fact, President Roosevelt built upon the policies of President Hoover to combat the Depression. However, these policies did not get the country out of the Depression. In reality, it took a combination of events, including World War II, to actually end the Depression and restore strong economic growth. After watching this presentation, you will have a better understanding of that era in American history and the effects of public policy on the economy.

Download the slide show Presentation: Why Was The Great Depression So Great?


Show-Me Now! Thumbs Up To Gander Mountain Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Gander Mountain just opened its first store in Missouri, in the St. Louis suburb of Fenton, with plans to open more locations in the Show-Me State. David Stokes is excited about this new store because the corporate policy is to not take tax subsidies as the company expands around the country:

Show-Me Now! What Is A No Tax Increase Bond? Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Thursday, April 03, 2014

Voters across Missouri will go to the polls on April 8th to vote in local elections. Many will have the opportunity to vote on public financing issues that have been described as "no tax increase bonds". Dr. James Shuls explains how these bonds work:

Show-Me Now! Michael Rathbone on Education Funding Print E-mail
By Michael Rathbone   
Thursday, March 27, 2014

Legislators in Jefferson City want to increase education spending, but is that the best way to improve student outcomes in Missouri? Evidence suggests that increases in public school funding have little impact on student performance.

Joseph Miller on Mass Transit in St. Louis Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Have you heard of the proposed Metro fare increases? Metro may need to raise fares to cover its rising expenses. Joseph Miller talks about strategies to raise fares that Metro should consider. He also notes that Metro should reduce or eliminate routes that require high taxpayer subsidies.

Policy Breakfast: Government Privatization in Missouri: Successes, Risks, and Opportunities Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Monday, March 17, 2014

Show-Me Institute Director of Local Government Policy David Stokes recently released a case study about privatization efforts in Missouri. The study documents the variety of ways in which counties, cities, and towns can engage the private sector to effectively provide many public services. Examples of areas that can experience cost savings and service improvements through privatization include trash pick-up, ambulance service, swimming pool and golf course management, animal control, fleet management, government pharmacy services, and much more.

Read the full case study: Government Privatization in Missouri: Successes, Risks, and Opportunities.

David Stokes On Farmland Tax Assessments Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Missouri's legislature has upheld a 5% increase in farmland productive value. That means that there will be a slight increase in property taxes on farmland next year. David Stokes advocates for this increase because of the disparity in property taxes across the state.

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.


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