Economics January 10, 2016 04:00 PM

Dead on the Vine

Efforts to use public funds to revive Kansas City's jazz district have failed, and likely always will.

by Patrick Tuohey

Policy August 20, 2012 01:00 PM

More Bad News for Missouri Competitiveness

Officials in Kansas have begun promoting their state as a Midwestern tax haven—appealing to entrepreneurs and small businesses in neighboring states, including Missouri.

by Joseph Haslag and Michael Podgursky

Policy April 26, 2012 11:00 AM

ObamaCare Just Bad Public Policy

The health care law should be struck down on practical grounds even more than on legal grounds. It violates multiple principles of sound policy-making. It is truly unaffordable.

by Andrew Wilson

Letters April 11, 2012 07:00 AM

Blunt on Market Fairness

Tax policy needs to be updated to include online sales.

by the Readers

Policy September 5, 2012 12:30 PM

School Transfer Case Needs Common Sense Solutions

Despite a final judgment in the school transfer case, the issue remains unresolved and neither taxpayers nor students will benefit.

by James Shuls

Policy September 12, 2012 09:00 AM

Taxpayers Lobbying For More Taxes

Taxpayer-funded lobbying for local government entities likely will not be banned so it is time to create transparency so citizens can see how their money is being spent.

by Mary Kate Hopkins

Economics October 31, 2012 12:00 PM

Can Missouri Stop The Bleeding In A New Border War With Kansas?

Missouri and Kansas have maintained a steady rivalry for decades, but Kansas' latest tax reforms have changed the competitive landscape between the two states — decidedly in Kansas' favor.

by Brenda Talent and Patrick Ishmael

Education October 22, 2012 02:45 PM

A Low-Performing School By Any Other Name . . .

The state board of education voted to grant provisional accreditation to the Saint Louis Public School District, which is the correct decision, but this distinction will mean very little to schools or students.

by James Shuls

Policy October 2, 2012 11:30 AM

Lessons For Kansas City From The Chicago Teachers Strike

Strong teachers’ unions in large public school districts with multiple failing schools will do everything possible to maintain their jobs and benefits. If it is to happen, major reform must come from outside the existing system — through increased competition and choice.

by Andrew B. Wilson and James V. Shuls

October 11, 2012 12:00 PM

St. Louis Gets Ballpark Village And You Get The Bill

Subsidies to Ballpark Village and other big-city sports complexes are a gift to some of our wealthiest citizens — sports team owners — that provide little or no broader economic benefit.

by Michael Rathbone

Policy November 27, 2012 12:00 PM

The Conservative Case for a State-Based Health Insurance Exchange

Conservatives ought to consider these items before ceding state power to the federal government.

by Jay Barnes

Education November 26, 2012 12:00 PM

No Vote on Prop B, A Blessing in Disguise?

Proposition B might have brought some much-needed funding for education, but voters turned down the measure. The “no” vote may actually turn out to be a blessing in disguise if legislators act on the need to address school funding issues.

by James Shuls

Letters November 12, 2012 05:30 PM

Regarding Turk

Letters regarding Jacob Turk's race for Congress.

by the Readers

Policy May 7, 2012 10:20 AM

Preserving Independent Contractors

Federal and state policymakers are trying to take away the independent contractor status.

by Brad Jones

Policy May 21, 2012 09:00 PM

We Will Take It!

Missouri Senate Bill 576, while not perfect and falling short of ensuring high-quality educational options for all students, still is a small victory for school choice in the state.

by James Shuls

Policy March 27, 2012 08:15 AM

The Main Street Trolley: A Slow Motion Train Wreck

The proposed streetcar on Main Street in Kansas City is just the latest big idea in a long-line of irresponsible city projects. Time to pull the cable and get off this crazy train.

by Patrick Ishmael

Policy March 21, 2012 09:30 AM

Blocking Health Exchanges

The Missouri Senate deserves praise for approving a measure that prohibits Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon from creating a health insurance exchange for the state without legislative or voter approval.

by Patrick Ishmael and Christie Herrera

Policy March 18, 2013 12:30 PM

Stop the Aggression

Answering individual aggression with government aggression will not lead us to the society we desire.

by David Linton

Letters March 13, 2012 12:00 PM

HHS and First Amendment Rights

We have been losing those constitutional protections for years and those losses have been accelerated in the last three years.

by the Readers

Policy July 30, 2012 12:00 PM

School Choice And Individual Liberty

Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman’s theory that individual liberty leads to better educational options is just now starting to be realized.

by James Shuls

Policy July 24, 2012 10:00 AM

Missouri Can Compete -- Despite Recent Poor Performance

Missouri ranked dead last in the “Great Midwestern Conference” in economic growth from 1997 through 2010. This calls for rethinking long-standing public policies.

by Andrew B. Wilson and Joseph Haslag

Policy July 20, 2012 09:15 AM

Beyond Repeal and Replace

Missouri has already decided how to meet the challenge of replacing Obamacare.

by Eric Burlison

Policy January 9, 2012 07:30 AM

Missouri's Urban School Solution

The solution to failing urban schools has been at hand all along—will government get the hint?

by John Murphy

Policy January 7, 2013 10:15 AM

It Is Time to Reform Medicaid, Not Expand It

Should Missouri and other states accept an offer of “free money” from Uncle Sam to expand the Medicaid program in their states? Instead of acting as enablers of fiscal profligacy, Missouri and other states should say “no.”

by Andrew Wilson

Policy January 22, 2012 07:30 PM

School Choice and the Turner Decision

The Missouri Legislature needs to act now and allow students in the unaccredited Saint Louis and Kansas City public school districts to attend alternative schools that have a proven track record of providing a good education.

by Michael Podgursky

Policy January 18, 2012 09:45 PM

The Less-Is-More Approach to Jobs

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon mentioned the word jobs no fewer than 39 times in his State of the State address. He should take a less-is-more cue from a former US president in thinking and talking about job creation.

by Andrew Wilson

Letters January 17, 2013 12:00 PM

On the Border War

Missouri has at least two chances to win the Border War.

by the Readers

Policy January 17, 2012 11:30 AM

A Sound Money Alternative

Missouri should begin to prepare for any financial collapse brought on by bad federal monetary policy.

by Bruce Hillis

Policy January 15, 2013 03:15 PM

Mo' Money Will Not Solve MO Problems

The state’s foundation formula for K-12 education is currently underfunded. Some are calling for more spending, but freedom, not money, is the answer to our problem.

by James Shuls

Politics January 12, 2012 09:00 AM

Church and State

The Missouri constitution is a covenant between God and the people.

by David Linton

Campaigns & Elections January 11, 2012 09:30 AM

A Doleful Redux?

Can Romney take advantage of the uniqueness of 2012 to avoid the fate of his 1996 predecessor?

by Donald Trigg

Policy February 6, 2012 09:30 AM

No Working by Order of the Licensing Board

A new law will require that all new home inspectors seek the government’s permission to pursue their occupations.

by Bruce Hillis

Education February 4, 2013 01:00 PM

Moving For A Quality Education

Randy Georges Sr. moved to the U.S. to obtain a good education; now, he may have to move across town so his kids can have the same opportunity. This is a sad state, especially when alternatives, such as giving families private school options, exist.

by James Shuls

Policy February 27, 2012 09:30 AM

Unintended Consequences of Prohibiting Payday Lending

A lending black market will provide borrowers absolutely no legal redress.

by Eapen Thampy

Policy February 17, 2012 09:25 AM

Land Banking is No Miracle

Experience in Saint Louis has shown that a land bank will not fix the problem of vacancy in Kansas City.

by Audrey Spalding

Policy February 13, 2013 10:45 AM

Taxes Do Harm Growth

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is wrong when it says that Kansas is going to fall of a fiscal cliff with its pro-growth tax reforms, and that Missouri will do the same if it follows the same path.

by Joseph Haslag and Michael Podgursky

Policy February 13, 2012 09:30 AM

Health Care and Freedom of Religion

Religious Freedom is the cornerstone of American government

by Timothy Dolan

Policy February 1, 2012 09:00 AM

The Power of a Catholic Education

A student provides a first-person testimonial to the importance of a Catholic education for non-Catholic immigrants living in the Kansas City school district.

by Yak Nak

Policy February 1, 2012 09:00 AM

The True Cost of School Failure

The inability of the Kansas City school district to educate children has devastating impacts on the lives of students.

by Jean Ferrara

Policy December 29, 2011 12:00 PM

Five New Year's Resolutions

Recognizing that the state of Missouri is in a budgetary hole, the Show-Me Institute has prepared a list of five New Year’s resolutions for lawmakers, educators and other public servants.

by Andrew Wilson

Letters December 23, 2011 12:00 PM

A Game of Inches

Jeff Smith writes about Sen. Engler's one-time potential.

by Jeff Smith

Policy December 20, 2011 06:00 PM

Should Missouri Toll I-70?

MoDOT is considering charging a toll on I-70 in Missouri. This move is a positive change for Missourians, and good economic policy for our state.

by David Stokes

Politics December 15, 2011 10:20 AM

Freedom vs. Fairness

There is a new obsession in American political life – a rising concern over the issue of “fairness.” But how fair is “fair”?

by Andrew Wilson

Politics December 13, 2011 07:00 PM

A Job Killing Bill by Any Other Name...

Despite the pleasant name, this bill contains more bad than good.

by Pete Sepp

Policy August 14, 2012 10:30 AM

Real School Shopping

School choice programs allow families to go shopping for schools, not just for school supplies.

by James Shuls

Policy August 1, 2012 09:40 AM

The Kansas City Land Tax Should Be Expanded

A proposal being sent to voters in August seeks to eliminate Kansas City’s land tax, but most economists agree that land taxes are advantageous for a city’s revenue stream.

by Joseph Haslag and David Stokes

Judiciary April 5, 2012 08:30 AM

Judicial Selection Reform

The Missouri judicial selection process is broken, and the courts are exhibiting less deference to the legislature and to precedent.

by Patrick Tuohey

Policy April 17, 2012 12:00 PM

TIFs: Cities' Unfair Advantage

While the intent of Tax Increment Financing is to promote development and spur the economy in blighted areas, in reality, it favors the politically-connected and diverts funding from certain taxing entities.

by David Stokes

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