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Expanded Opportunities: A Discussion About Tax Credit Scholarships

Expanded Opportunities: A Discussion About Tax Credit Scholarships

Friday, April 25, 2014


The Show-Me Institute and the Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise at Lindenwood University host a discussion about tax credit scholarships, explaining what they are and how they might be beneficial to Missouri.

Many students in unaccredited school districts want and need better educational options. However, Missouri’s public school leaders do not want to provide those options through inter-district choice programs. They worry that inter-district choice would bankrupt struggling school districts and place an undue burden on the more successful ones. There is, however, an option that avoids these problems – private school choice financed through tax credit scholarship programs. These programs, which are in place in 14 states, expand educational opportunities for K-12 students by generating private investment in education.

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Howard WallSCHEDULE:

Coffee and Doughnuts
8 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction
8:15 a.m.–8:30 a.m.

  • Howard Wall
    Director of the Hammond Institute and the Center for Economics and the Environment at Lindenwood University

Jonathan ButcherJason Bedrick

Session 1: Proof of Concept: How Tax Credit Scholarships are Working in Other States
8:30 a.m.–9:25 a.m.

  • Live Free and Learn: A Case Study of New Hampshire’s Scholarship Tax Credit Program (8:30 a.m.–8:50 a.m.)
    Jason Bedrick
    Policy Analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom. He previously served as a legislator in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.
  • Giving Arizona Children Better Opportunities in Education: A Case Study of the Nation’s Oldest Tax Credit Scholarship Program (8:50 a.m.–9:10 a.m.)
    Jonathan Butcher
    Education Director for the Goldwater Institute. He has researched education policy and school choice programs at both the state and national level.
  • Question and Answer Session (9:10 a.m.–9:25 a.m.)

9:25 a.m.– 9:35 a.m.

Paul DiPerna

Session 2: The Political Reality of Tax Credit Scholarships in Missouri
9:35 a.m.–10:40 a.m.

  • Presentation of Poll Research (9:35 a.m.– 9:55 a.m.)
    Paul DiPerna
    Research Director for the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice


  • Michael ButlerTim JonesMaria Chappelle-NadalJohn LampingPanel Discussion (9:55 a.m.–10:40 a.m.)
    Missouri Sen. John Lamping (R-Dist. 24)
    Missouri Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D–Dist. 14)
    Missouri Rep. Tim Jones (R-Dist. 110)
    Missouri Rep. Michael Butler (D-Dist. 79)

James ShulsClosing Remarks
10:40 a.m.–10:45 a.m.

  • James V. Shuls
    Director of Education Policy at the Show-Me Institute

Fruit and Cheese Reception
10:45 a.m.

  • Hammond Institute conference room immediately following the event.

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

May 6 (Columbia): 2014 Legislative Session: The Home Stretch

2014 Legislative Session: The Home Stretch


Missouri Senator Kurt Schaefer and Missouri Representative Chris Kelly discuss the 2014 legislative session.


sen-kurt-schaeferKurt U. Schaefer was elected to the Missouri Senate in 2008 and again in 2012, and represents the citizens of the 19th district.

Schaefer, a partner in the law firm Lathrop and Gage LLP, is the former general counsel and deputy director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources; special counsel to the governor; special counsel to the Missouri Department of Agriculture; Missouri assistant attorney general; and United States special assistant attorney.

Schaefer has litigated bench and jury trials of all kinds and complexities in numerous circuit and federal courts throughout Missouri and elsewhere. He has handled approximately 100 appellate actions before all three districts of the Missouri Court of Appeals and Missouri Supreme Court, and more than 90 administrative proceedings before various state permitting and licensing agencies as well as the Missouri Public Service Commission.

rep-chris-kellyChris Kelly represents House District 45 in Columbia, encompassing the University of Missouri and Stephens and Columbia Colleges. He was first elected to the House in 1982, where he served until 1994. He was elected again in 2008 and has been re-elected twice since then. Kelly is an attorney. He previously served as Boone County Associate Circuit Judge, Chairman of the Missouri Labor and Industrial Relations Commission, and as Boone County Clerk.

In his recent tenure in the House, Kelly's legislative accomplishments include sponsoring the transfer of the Mid-Mo Hospital to the University of Missouri, an organ donor check-off on tax forms, the overpass at the Columbia Regional Airport, the Amy Hester Student Protection Act, the Veterans Home Funding Bill, the Domestic Violence Bill, and the budget appropriation for the Caring for Missouri Act.  As a long-time member of the House Budget Committee, his focus continues on state budget appropriations.

May 6, 2014
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.

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May 20 (St. Louis): Policy Breakfast: 2014 Legislative Wrap-Up

Policy Breakfast: 2014 Legislative Wrap-Up


Winners and losers in the 2014 Missouri legislative session.


altMissouri Sen. John Lamping is a native Saint Louisan. He is a graduate of St. Louis University High School and earned his degree in economics from Princeton University. After graduation, he moved to Manhattan and began work as a currency trader. He later obtained an MBA in finance from New York University. Lamping works as the branch manager for a major Saint Louis-based securities brokerage firm and his legislative priorities include creating an environment that will foster sustainable jobs for Missourians and improving Missouri's adoption process.

May 20, 2014
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Show-Me Institute
4512 West Pine Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO 63108


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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