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Missouri Transportation Funding: Where Do We Go From Here?


Missouri's transportation system is at a crossroads. New technology, changing economic factors, and increasingly global markets make having a modern and flexible transportation system more important than ever. At the same time, the growing funding crisis for the Missouri State Highway system threatens to set Missouri back. Join us for a discussion on the future of transportation infrastructure in Missouri, as well as market-oriented methods for funding it.


Joseph Miller grew up in Itasca, Ill. He earned an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and a master's degree from the University of California-San Diego's School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. His focus has been international economic, international politics, and China studies. He is a policy analyst at the Show-Me Institute.

April 21, 2015
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Kansas City Club
918 Baltimore Av
Kansas City, MO 64105


Coffee and donuts provided.

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For more information, contact Scott Tanner at   scott.tanner@showmeinstitute.org or call 314-454-0647.

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Show-Me Forum: Government Unions: Restoring Accountability


In 2007, the Missouri Supreme Court threw out 60 years of precedent when it decided that the constitution creates collective bargaining rights for government employees. Since then, public agencies, like school districts and cities, have struggled to make sense of their rights and obligations under this rapidly changing body of law. 

At this forum, Policy Researcher John Wright will discuss some of the key labor issues affecting government workers. He will highlight many of the loopholes, oversights, and ambiguities in existing law that harm the transparency of our public institutions and make it harder for citizens to hold their government accountable.

SPEAKER:John Wright

John Wright is a native of University City and a graduate of Saint Louis University High School and the University of Missouri. He earned his JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He worked as an attorney for the California Legislative Counsel for two years before returning to Missouri.

April 21, 2015
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
405 E. Nifong Boulevard
Columbia, MO 65201


Breakfast Buffet Provided.

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For more information, contact Scott Tanner at scott.tanner@showmeinstitute.org or call 314-454-0647.

Join the fight for liberty in our state. Become a Show-Me Institute supporter at www.showmeinstitute.org/donate.html.

Economic Policy Lecture: The Economic Value of Teacher Quality

Kansas City Speakers' Series


April 30
6:00 p.m. Reception
6:30 p.m. Lecture

Kansas City Public Library
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105

TOPIC: The Economic Value of Teacher Quality

Stanford University’s Eric Hanushek puts the value of quality teaching in stark economic terms. Place even a slightly above-average teacher in front of a class of 20, and the resultant gain is more than $400,000 in future earnings over the earnings of students exposed to an average teacher. Replacing the bottom 5 to 8 percent of teachers with average instructors, he says, could lift the U.S. near the top of international math and science rankings.

eah-1-highSPEAKER: Dr. Eric Hanushek

Eric Hanushek is the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He is a leader in the development of economic analysis of educational issues. He has authored numerous, highly cited studies on the effects of class- size reduction, high-stakes accountability, the assessment of teacher quality, and other education-related topics. He introduced the idea of measuring teacher quality through the growth in student achievement that forms the basis for the development of value-added measures for teachers and schools.

Most recently, Hanushek shows that the quality of education is closely related to national economic growth. He has authored or edited 20 books along with more than 200 articles. He is a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and completed his Ph.D. in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

PARKING: Central Library Garage

The Central Library parking garage is located directly south of the Clubhouse on the northwest corner of 10th and Baltimore. Parking after 5 pm. on weekdays in the garage is $2.

Cost: The lecture is FREE.

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For more information, contact Scott Tanner at scott.tanner@showmeinstitute.org or call 314-454-0647.



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