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By Patrick Tuohey on Nov 13, 2019

The St. Louis Business Journal recently published details of a report that placed St. Louis in the top ten “untapped cities” for startups. This is encouraging, but another study out of Arizona on barriers to business creation was less positive, showing that St.

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By Susan Pendergrass on Nov 06, 2019

Last week, Missouri got its latest grades on “The Nation’s Report Card,” (an assessment given to public-school 4th- and 8th-graders in each state every two years by the U.S. Department of Education), and the news isn’t good.

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By Patrick Tuohey on Nov 05, 2019

A lot of people around the country have cheered a recent agreement by the governments of Missouri and Kansas to end their economic development border war, including this recent piece in

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By Patrick Tuohey on May 24, 2019

The following commentary also appeared in the Kansas City Star.

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By Emily Stahly on Feb 21, 2019

Imagine the Game of Life played under different rules—with everyone randomly assigned at birth to one of two paths. One begins with good schools, safe neighborhoods, and strong communities. It leads to well-paid jobs and rewarding careers.

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By Andrew B. Wilson, James W. Seeser on Feb 18, 2019

How well prepared are different players in Missouri’s highly diversified economy to join the “Green New Deal” proposed by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and endorsed by several presidential contenders?

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By Patrick Ishmael on Feb 15, 2019

This week Amazon announced that it was scrapping its plan to establish a “second headquarters” in New York.

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By Susan Pendergrass on Feb 12, 2019

Imagine that you’re a professor at a large university and this spring you’re teaching one of the big freshman seminar courses – 518 students.

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By Andrew B. Wilson on Dec 31, 2018

Are you a government-failure denier – someone who believes that the government that governs best is one that overflows with good intentions, regardless of the cost? Are you someone who thinks a lot about “market failures” and never stops to think about government failures?

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By Susan Pendergrass on Dec 24, 2018

The holidays are upon us, and now that we have a quorum on the state board of education and a commissioner it’s time to think about what Missouri students and parents should expect from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

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