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Racing To The Wrong End Zone – In Transportation Funding Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Monday, 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. 

 
Two Cheers For The Isla Del Sol Causeway Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Thursday, April 03, 2014

While Community Improvement Districts (CID) often force unwilling property owners to pay for questionable public goods, the Isla Del Sol CID at the Lake of the Ozarks may be the exception to the rule.

 
Expansion Is Wrong Move For Medicaid Print E-mail
By Patrick Ishmael   
Monday, March 31, 2014

Missouri should work to make Medicaid better, not double down on a broken status quo by expanding the program.

 
Bad Data, Bad Tech and No Expansion Lead to Fall in Missouri Medicaid Enrollment Print E-mail
By Patrick Ishmael   
Monday, March 24, 2014
After President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimated that nearly 12 million people would be added to the country’s Medicaid rolls by 2014. At the time the expansion was mandatory, and the expectation was that most states would fall into line and enroll people. Hundreds of thousands were expected to enroll in Missouri alone.

Read the rest of this commentary by Patrick Ishmael in the March 7 edition of Forbes.

Patrick Ishmael is a policy analyst at the Show-Me Institute, which promotes market solutions for Missouri public policy.

 
Clayton Seeks Four-Leaf Clover Of Tax Increases Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Friday, March 21, 2014

Clayton has placed four different tax increases on the April 2014 ballot, which are, for the most part, unnecessary. Furthermore, passing all of these tax increases would be detrimental to the Clayton business community.

 
Minimum Wage Hurts The Workers Print E-mail
By Patrick Ishmael   
Monday, March 17, 2014

A minimum wage hike is a bad idea because it hurts the very people we should be helping.

 
Current Teacher Pension Systems Impose A “Tariff” On Labor Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Thursday, February 27, 2014

With the exception of Saint Louis and Kansas City, which have autonomous pension systems, all of Missouri’s school districts are part of the Public School Retirement System (PSRS). If a teacher moves from PSRS to one of the city plans, he or she will incur a significant loss in pension wealth.

 
Pragmatic Privatization Works Best Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Thursday, February 20, 2014

Privatizing public services can benefit residents and taxpayers throughout Missouri by lowering costs and improving service options.

 
Privatization Can Benefit Missouri Taxpayers Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Monday, February 17, 2014

Privatizing public services can benefit residents and taxpayers throughout Missouri by lowering costs and improving service options.

 
Ambulance Service An Example Of Privatization's Benefits Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Monday, February 17, 2014

Privatizing public services can benefit residents and taxpayers throughout Missouri by lowering costs and improving service options.

 
Reform, Not Spending, Should Top Agenda Print E-mail
By Patrick Ishmael   
Thursday, January 30, 2014

Wide-ranging reform, not wide-ranging new spending, should lead the state’s agenda in 2014.

 
Crime And (Doggie) Punishment: A Tale (Or Tail) Of Lost Freedom Print E-mail
By Andrew B. Wilson   
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

St. Louis's leash laws and the lawlessness they engender—a personal account.

 
Let Market Guide Us To Prosperity In '14 Print E-mail
By Andrew B. Wilson   
Wednesday, January 08, 2014

The path to prosperity is not rocket science. It is mainly a matter of removing government-forged manacles to economic growth.

 
Nursing Better Health Care In Missouri Print E-mail
By Caitlin Hartsell   
Monday, December 23, 2013

Missouri can address its shortage of health care providers in rural areas if it loosens restrictions on certified nurse practitioners.

 
Terminal Shopping In Kansas City Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Friday, December 20, 2013

The new terminal planned for Kansas City International Airport will be expensive for Kansas City residents and may do little more than increase customer -service amenities.

 
Show-Me Institute Supports Strong Pensions For All Teachers Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Monday, December 16, 2013

Missouri has three separate pension systems for teachers. The system is great for teachers who work their entire career in one system, but it punishes mobile teachers.

 
Missouri Should Say No to Boeing Subsidy Print E-mail
By Andrew B. Wilson   
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Should Missouri join in the unseemly chase to see which state will provide the greatest amount of corporate welfare to the Boeing Company? In a word: No!

 
Ballot Initiative Lets Motorists Off Hook Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Monday, November 25, 2013

A statewide sales tax is not the way to fund transportation in Missouri. A better policy is to charge users of the roads through high gasoline taxes and tolls.

 
South County Connector Is Opportunity For Transportation Innovation Print E-mail
By David Stokes and Joseph Miller   
Thursday, November 21, 2013

Saint Louis County should strongly consider building the proposed new South County Connector highway as Missouri’s first High-Occupancy Toll Road.

 
Robbing Peter To Pay For Paul’s Pension Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Monday, November 18, 2013

Teachers in the Jefferson City School District pay more into the pension system than teachers in Hickman Mills, but receive less in their pensions.

 
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