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Gander Mountain just opened its first store in Missouri, in the St. Louis suburb of Fenton, with plans to open more locations in the Show-Me State. David Stokes is excited about this new store because their corporate policy is to not take tax subsidies as the company expands around the country:

 

Voters across Missouri will go to the polls on April 8th to vote in local elections. Many will have the opportunity to vote on public financing issues that have been described as "no tax increase bonds". Dr. James Shuls explains how these bonds work:

 

Legislators in Jefferson City want to increase education spending, but is that the best way to improve student outcomes in Missouri? Evidence suggests that increases in public school funding have little impact on student performance.

 

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.

 

David Stokes praises lawmakers in Jeff City for retaining an increase in farmland assessments because the increase will help reduce the disparity in property taxes across Missouri.

 

Patrick Tuohey explains that the cost of a new terminal at Kansas City International Airport would be passed along to passengers. Higher ticket prices would result and that could cause airlines and travelers to look for alternatives to KCI.

 

James Shuls, Ph.D., explains that educational excellence follows from schools empowered to innovate and parents empowered to choose.

 

Raising the minimum wage would help a few low-skill workers, but it would also eliminate many jobs. Podgursky says there's a better way.

 

David Stokes discusses the recent privatization of the Missouri Botanical Garden's gift shop and how government can engage the private sector to improve similar public services.

 

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COMMENTARY
Racing To The Wrong End Zone – In Transportation Funding
April 14, 2014

A bill proposing a statewide 1-percent sales tax is not a fair or economically sound way to fund transportation infrastructure in the state. Instead, Missouri should consider increasing user fees in the form of gas taxes or tolls to pay for roads and bridges. 

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TESTIMONY
Funding Transportation With A Temporary Sales And Use Tax
April 15, 2014

Upon the legislature’s and voters’ approval, Missouri Senate Joint Resolution 48 (SJR48) would institute a 1 percent sales tax to fund significant transportation infrastructure investment in Missouri.

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ESSAY
Justifying Boeing: A Post-Mortem Analysis On The Process
February 4, 2014

Last year, Missouri’s General Assembly passed and the governor signed legislation that would provide module.7 billion in tax incentives to Boeing conditional on the company locating all or part of the assembly plant for the 777 aircraft in Missouri. In January 2014, Boeing reached a deal with the key unions in the state of Washington and decided to continue manufacturing the Boeing 777 there.

In this post-mortem review, the emphasis will be on the process used to justify the Missouri tax incentive package. In particular, the governor proclaimed...

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CASE STUDY
Pennsylvania’s Education Improvement Tax Credit Program: A Winning Educational Partnership
April 14, 2014

Pennsylvania's Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program creates partnerships between parents, businesses, and scholarship organizations. These partnerships allow funding to follow students, giving children and their families choices of schools that best fit their needs.

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POLICY STUDY
Policy Briefing: Missouri Transition Costs and Public Pension Reform
March 3, 2014

The goal of public employee pensions is twofold: to provide a safe and secure retirement for our valued state employees and to help recruit and...

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REPORT
Move Missouri’s Medicaid Program Forward, Not Backward
March 14, 2014

Medicaid needs to be reformed, not expanded with debt-addled Washington spending. Free market ideas can take us in a better direction.

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