One area where pure free-market ideology has long reigned has been trash pick-up in unincorporated St.
Outstate Missourians are annoyed that so many of Missouri's tax dollars have gone towards education in St. Louis, with poor results:
The Springfield News-Leader has an insightful editorial arguing that Missouri should be allowed to opt out of No Child Left Behind.
Ticket scalping is in the news due to the discovery that tickets taken by police from scalpers in last year's
Yesterday the state Board of Education voted to take control of the St. Louis Public Schools district.
Metro, via the Post-Dispatch, is reporting that MetroLink ridership is exceeding expectations since opening six months ago. This is a good thing, obviously, but m
Most industries are open to all firms willing to make the necessary initial investments to enter the market. If I want to open a bar in my neighborhood, can clear the zoning restrictions, and have the necessary capital to rent a space, fill it with booze, and market it to my prospective customers, then that bar will open, with me as its proprietor. This open process creates an environment in which businesses compete for customers, encouraging the innovation that leads to higher quality and lower prices. Requiring a prospective bar owner to obtain a permission slip showing a need for another bar in their neighborhood would obviously be ridiculous. Unfortunately, this is exactly the requirement made by the state of any entrepreneur looking to offer health care services.
Over at our main website, Steve Bernstetter has a great article about the need to ditch monopolistic "certificate of need" laws.