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Choosing a Major, Picking a Winner Print E-mail
By Brittany Wagner   
Monday, June 29, 2015

Several decades ago, a college degree nearly guaranteed a job. Now, many college students choose a major based on predictions about future job growth potential. State governments incentivize the pursuit of certain degrees through grants and scholarships. Missouri should re-evaluate its practice of picking winning and losing majors.

 
Modernize Saint Louis’ Outdated Business Code Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Thursday, June 25, 2015

Saint Louis’ business code is antiquated and unnecessarily complicates the process of starting new businesses. A new effort at reform could make Saint Louis more competitive and promote an entrepreneur-friendly regulatory environment.

 
Father’s Day Thoughts On the Summer Solstice and the Minimum Wage Print E-mail
By Andrew B. Wilson   
Friday, June 19, 2015

More than 2,200 years ago, Eratosthenes made an astonishingly accurate calculation of the circumference of the Earth. Using the same tools of simple math and logic, we can predict the deleterious effects upon Saint Louis and Kansas City of trying to double the minimum wage.

 
Minimum Wage Increases Not Effective at Fighting Poverty Print E-mail
By Patrick Tuohey   
Thursday, June 04, 2015

Raising the minimum wage in Kansas City seems like it would help people at the bottom of the economic ladder. In reality, a minimum wage hike would hurt them by making these important first jobs more scarce.

 
Charter Schools Are Not the Enemy Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Members of the education establishment are fighting against the legislature’s “transfer fix” because it could lead to the expansion of charter schools. They have set up a false dichotomy of “charter vs. district.” This op-ed argues that we should be hawkish about school quality, not about what type of school a student attends.

 
Was the Transfer Program Poorly Designed? Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Many have called the interdistrict transfer program for students in failing schools “poorly designed.” This assumes we know what it was designed to do. Here, James Shuls argues that the program may have been designed to create change. In that case, the program may have been very effective.

 
Seeded With Tax Cuts, Kansas Harvests the Benefits Print E-mail
By Andrew B. Wilson   
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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Two Approaches to Open Government Print E-mail
By John Wright   
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Some government officials seem to resent the open records and meetings laws and view them as a burden, while other public officials embrace the spirit of the law and strive to provide transparency.

 
Beware Medicaid Expansion, Even If It Is Billed as Reform Print E-mail
By Michael Rathbone   
Friday, May 08, 2015

SB 419 is promoted as a bill that will transform Missouri’s Medicaid program. In reality it is an expansion of the program cloaked in “reform.”

 
Legislature’s Gas Tax Increase Is Sound Policy Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Missouri should consider a fuel tax increase, along with public private partnerships, to stave off a funding crisis for at least another year.

 
Nixa Officials Dream of High-speed Internet, With Taxpayer Dollars Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Publicly provided Internet infrastructure is a want, not a need, in Nixa, Missouri. Residents should be aware of the pitfalls and skeptical of the benefits of having local government get into the Internet business.

 
Taxing Smokers Does Not Show Support of Education Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Monday, April 20, 2015

There are calls for cigarette smokers to pay their “fair share” by raising cigarette taxes. These new taxes would go to fund programs not related to health care costs incurred by cigarettes. Also, high cigarette taxes can have a negative impact on Missouri businesses, and they disproportionately impact the poor.

 
The Fallacy of Tailgate Economics Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Monday, April 13, 2015

The economic literature and past experience show little evidence that new publicly subsidized NFL stadiums create significant economic gains, yet Saint Louis public officials continue to state the opposite in their quest to build the Rams a new stadium.

 
Public Schools Need Fewer Mandates, Parents Need More Choices Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Monday, April 13, 2015

Missouri’s current education system struggles to educate students, yet lawmakers want to add new mandates on top of those that already exist. This op-ed calls for fewer mandates and more educational choice.

 
Ridesharing Is an Opportunity for Saint Louis Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Monday, April 13, 2015

Ridesharing companies can provide opportunities for Saint Louis residents if local policymakers and regulators will allow these businesses to operate.

 
Spring into Action on School Board Reform Print E-mail
By Brittany Wagner   
Tuesday, April 07, 2015

While many view school boards as the hallmark of local control, in reality there are some major problems with the way our system of public school governance is set up. This editorial offers three reform suggestions. 

 
Lawmakers Answering the Wrong Student Transfer Question Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Lawmakers are crafting legislation to limit the number of transfer students from unaccredited school districts. They should be trying to make sure all students have access to great schools. This op-ed outlines some ways they could do that.

 
Are Charter Schools the School Transfer Fix? Print E-mail
By Brittany Wagner   
Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Students should be allowed to cross district boundaries and attend charter schools. North Side Community School is an example of a quality charter school that Normandy Schools Collaborative students could attend.

 
Playing Favorites on the Board of Aldermen? Print E-mail
By John Wright   
Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The St. Louis City Board of Aldermen is considering legislation that would favor union contractors in the city construction contract bidding process, at the expense of independent, minority contractors.

 
Mizzou Gets an F on Transparency Print E-mail
By John Wright   
Monday, February 23, 2015

The University of Missouri is using a legal loophole under the state’s transparency laws to avoid releasing course syllabi, which does not fit with the institution’s commitment to open society.

 
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