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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.

 
Super Bowls and the Super Rich: A Tale of Two Cities Print E-mail
By Andrew B. Wilson   
Friday, February 06, 2015

In an attempt to attract and retain professional sports franchises, U.S. cities have adopted the model of public assistance for private gain, with Saint Louis’ history with the Rams as a case in point.

 
Two Thumbs Down on Taxpayer Help for New Downtown Stadium Print E-mail
By Andrew B. Wilson   
Friday, February 06, 2015

While taxpayers are on the hook for $120 million in future bond payments for a (possibly) soon-to-be abandoned football stadium in downtown Saint Louis, is this time to embark on a whole new downtown stadium plan costing nearly a billion dollars?

 
Riding to the Hounds of Corporate Welfare Print E-mail
By Brenda Talent   
Monday, January 05, 2015

One famous wag called foxhunting “the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.” A similar point may be made about the practice of chasing economic development with tax breaks and subsidies to selected businesses.

 
New Year's Resolutions for Missouri Lawmakers Print E-mail
Friday, January 02, 2015

Missouri needs to adopt a new set of economic policies to replace the failed policies of the past two decades. Here are some New Year’s resolutions for making Missouri a better place to live and work and grow a business.

 
A Look Past Gone Girl Excitement Reveals a Raw Deal for Missourians Print E-mail
By Jessica Stearns   
Friday, January 02, 2015

Gone Girl may have been a box-office hit, but the tax credits that brought production to Missouri have proven to be lackluster in spurring economic growth for the state.

 
Students Need Choice, Not-Pie-in-the-Sky Solutions Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Thursday, December 18, 2014

A city-county school district has been proposed as a way to ensure disadvantaged students have access to high-quality schools. This idea, however, is unlikely to happen or to have the desired effect. School choice programs, on the other hand, could expand options for students today.

 
Highway Funding in Missouri: The Fuel Tax Option Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Thursday, December 11, 2014

The failure of the proposed transportation sales tax in August has left the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) in a financial bind.

 
Give Tesla and Missourians a Fair Deal Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Efforts to stop Tesla from making manufacturer-direct sales in Missouri will not help consumers and will reduce market innovation. The state would be better off creating a level playing field by eliminating all manufacturer-direct sales bans.

 
Remembering Pearl Harbor Print E-mail
By Andrew B. Wilson   
Monday, December 08, 2014

Pearl Harbor awakened a sleeping giant that saved the world.

 
Arnold Wastewater Privatization: Don’t Waste the Opportunity Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Monday, October 13, 2014

Arnold will benefit from a carefully implemented sewer system privatization deal with Missouri American Water.

 
A Lesson for Missouri: Indiana Toll Road Bankruptcy Highlights Privatization Advantages Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The bankruptcy of the Indiana Toll Road Concession Company shows how privatization can advantage the taxpayer and use private capital for transportation infrastructure investments, even when the project itself does not go according to plan.

 
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