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Show-Me Forum: Government Unions: Restoring Accountability Print E-mail
By John Wright   
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

In 2007, the Missouri Supreme Court threw out 60 years of precedent when it decided that the constitution creates collective bargaining rights for government employees. Since then, public agencies, like school districts and cities, have struggled to make sense of their rights and obligations under this rapidly changing body of law.

At this forum, Policy Researcher John Wright discusses some of the key labor issues affecting government workers. He highlights many of the loopholes, oversights, and ambiguities in existing law that harm the transparency of our public institutions and make it harder for citizens to hold their government accountable.


Show-Me Now! Raising the Minimum Wage Costs Jobs Print E-mail
By Jessica Stearns   
Friday, April 24, 2015

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.


Show-Me Now! Transparency for Government Unions Print E-mail
By John Wright   
Wednesday, April 01, 2015

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.


Show-Me Now! A Free Market For Taxicabs Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Show-Me Institute Policy Researcher Joseph Miller notes that Uber Black is now operating in Saint Louis. Unfortunately, Uber's other ridesharing services are prohibited in the region by the taxicab commission. Saint Louisans would benefit from the increased competition.

Debate: Does More Government Help Or Hurt? Print E-mail
By Joseph Haslag   
Monday, October 13, 2014

This debate hosted at the Kansas City Library and sponsored by the Show-Me Institute addressed the question: does more government help or hurt? Stephanie Kelton, Ph.D., chair of the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Department of Economics, and Joseph Haslag, Ph.D., Show-Me Institute Chief Economist and University of Missouri economics professor debated the government's role in the economy. Following the debate, moderator Mike Shanin of KCPT-TV's Ruckus, led a question and answer session with the audience.


Show-Me Now! Should St. Louis Sell Its Vacant Schools? Print E-mail
By Abigail Fallon   
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Like many major cities, St. Louis has a large number of vacant school buildings; however, the process for purchasing those buildings should be streamlined.

Show-Me Now! Certificate of Red Tape Print E-mail
By Christien West   
Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Hospitals and other health care providers in Missouri are required to get a certificate of need if they want to setup shop or expand their operations. Research has shown that this regulatory barrier can result in higher costs and/or lower the quality of the health care services provided.

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! 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! 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.

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?


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.

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.


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.

Entrepreneur vs. Government: Fashion Trucks Print E-mail
By Kacie Barnes   
Sunday, July 28, 2013

Emily Ponath wants to bring high fashion to office workers on their lunch breaks in downtown St. Louis, but city regulations stand in the way.

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.

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.

A Bankrupt Idea? Print E-mail
By Audrey Spalding   
Friday, May 25, 2012

Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst Audrey Spalding says setting up a land bank in Kansas City is bad legislation.

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