When Phil Oehlerking and I started the Municipal Checkbook Project two years ago, we thought that the bulk of our time would be spent showcasing how Missouri cities spend the money they take from Missourians.
The Governor laid out a number of important priorities in his State of the State address, which my colleague Scott Tanner has already summarized.
One of the most interesting announcements that the governor made at his State of the State speech last month was the proposed closure of a state prison facility, Crossroads Correctional Center.
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.
One of the great things about math is it often doesn’t need much defense. The numbers can speak for themselves. In this post, I’m going to provide an example of that.
In November 2017, Kansas City voters overwhelmingly supported building a new single terminal at the airport. Voters were told, time and again, that the airlines would pay for it—that no taxpayer funds would be used.
Want to lose the interest of a room quickly? Bring up pensions. In the 1980s, most private-sector employees were in defined-benefit plans that guaranteed them a steady income after retirement.
That’s the billion-dollar question that legislators on both sides of State Line Road are asking themselves.
Some time ago I relied on the song “I’d Love to Change the World” by Ten Years After to tell the tale of the wealthy fleeing Connecticut’s high income taxes.