Corporate Welfare - Commentary
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Five Good Reasons To Reject New KCI Terminal Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The new terminal plan that the Airport Terminal Advisory Group (ATAG) endorsed likely will result in reduced service, higher fares, and greater inconvenience for people flying in and out of Kansas City International Airport (KCI).

Beware The Jabberwock (And Downtown Streetcars) Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Thursday, June 26, 2014

Kansas City residents should beware of the extreme costs and questionable benefits of the proposed $472 million Kansas City Streetcar expansion.

Missouri’s Conservatives: Resolved to be Irresolute Print E-mail
By Andrew B. Wilson   
Thursday, May 29, 2014

The 2014 session of the Missouri Legislature did little or nothing to advance the growth and competitiveness of our state.

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.

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.

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!

Free Enterprise, Taxpayer Subsidies - Bass Pro Gets Best Of Both Print E-mail
By Will Reynolds   
Monday, September 02, 2013

Bass Pro has become a household name throughout America, synonymous with the great outdoors; however, one cannot overlook the fact that much of Bass Pro’s success and expansion are due to taxpayer-funded subsidies.

Lee’s Summit EEZ: A Solution In Search Of A Problem Print E-mail
By Patrick Tuohey and David Stokes   
Friday, May 17, 2013

Lee's Summit is about to embark on an economic development scheme that has no demonstrated benefit and is likely aimed at solving a problem that no longer exists.

Ray County Does Not Need Enhanced Enterprise Zones Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Ray County is enacting a series of Enhanced Enterprise Zones within the county. There is no evidence that these zones will help the county’s economic growth.

Callaway County Does Not Need An EEZ Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Thursday, January 24, 2013

Callaway County is considering implementing an Enhanced Enterprise Zone; this would be a poor decision for the county.

The State Needs To Stop Acting Like A Bank Print E-mail
By Michael Rathbone   
Friday, November 16, 2012

Given the revenue shortfall, the state must re-examine its spending priorities, and spending money on the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority is not a high priority.

Saint Louis Gets Ballpark Village And You Get The Bill Print E-mail
By Michael Rathbone   
Monday, October 15, 2012

Subsidies to Ballpark Village and other big-city sports complexes are a gift to some of our wealthiest citizens — sports team owners — that provide little or no broader economic benefit.

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