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.

MoDOT Vastly Overstates Its Need For Funding Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Tuesday, October 07, 2014

MoDOT needs funding, not more hyperbole.

Tolls On I-70 Could Be Solution To Modot's Funding Problems Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Tuesday, October 07, 2014

With the defeat of Amendment 7, officials are looking for ways to fund Missouri’s highway system.

Please Convince Me: The Pros and Cons to Raising Property Taxes in Columbia Print E-mail
By Michael Rathbone   
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

 In November, Columbia residents will consider whether to raise their property taxes in order to fund public safety. Supporters and opponents of the measure both had good cases to make, and their arguments should be taken into consideration.

Taxing a Population: Saint Louis and Kansas City’s Earnings Tax Draw People Away Print E-mail
By Rik W. Hafer   
Friday, September 05, 2014

New study reveals a correlation between stifled population growth and the 1 percent earnings tax in Saint Louis and Kansas City.

Delays and Blockades: Certificate of Need in Saint Louis Print E-mail
By Christien West   
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Missouri’s certificate of need (CON) program is an unnecessary state regulation that hinders entry and expansion into the medical market for hospitals and other health care facilities.

Privatization in Education—Not as Scary as Some Think Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Many public officials reject the idea of school choice out of concerns about privatization. Yet privatization is a common part of public education and school choice should be welcomed.

Nix The NIDs Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Monday, August 11, 2014

Greene County taxpayers are now on the hook for a failed private business development because the county inappropriately guaranteed the bonds via a Neighborhood Improvement District.

Teacher Retirement System Demands Reform Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Tuesday, August 05, 2014

If public pension benefits keep growing the tax payer will be on the hook to pay for them.

Proposed Amendment 7 Is Bad Policy Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Monday, July 21, 2014

A bill proposing a statewide 0.75 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.

A Transportation Sales Tax Is Bad Policy For Missouri Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Monday, July 21, 2014

Paying for highways based on how much people shop, and not how much they drive, creates a free-rider problem. It promotes congestion, road degradation, and sprawl.

Thomas Piketty and Mises’s ‘The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality’ Print E-mail
By Andrew B. Wilson   
Friday, July 11, 2014

Ludwig von Mises’s The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality, a treatise on why capitalism sits in the dock, falsely accused of various crimes against humanity, elegantly rebuts Picketty's trendy rebranding of these old allegations.

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