Corporate Welfare - Commentary
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.

 
Why Enhanced Enterprise Zones Are A Bad Deal For Missouri Cities Print E-mail
By Joseph Haslag   
Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Do EEZs, or Enhanced Enterprise Zones, work? The short answer to that question is “No.”

 
Tax Increment Financing and Columbia, Missouri Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Comments on the potential for TIF in Columbia, Missouri.

 
EEZs Are An EZ Path To Corporate Welfare Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Friday, April 27, 2012

Columbia city officials have taken a major step toward heavier use of taxpayer subsidies, which already have been proven to fail in Saint Louis and Kansas City.

 
TIF Gives Cities An Unfair Advantage Over Other Governments Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Friday, April 20, 2012

While the intent of Tax Increment Financing is to promote development and spur the economy in blighted areas, in reality, it favors the politically-connected and diverts funding from certain taxing entities.

 
TIF Is A Bad Idea That Refuses To Die Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Tax Increment Financing has failed as an engine of economic growth. The Saint Louis County TIF commission and the city of Ellisville should reject the proposed TIF for the southwest quadrant of Clarkson and Manchester Roads.

 
The State Needs To Stop Acting Like A Bank Print E-mail
By Michael Rathbone   
Monday, December 12, 2011

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.

 
The Not-So-Special Session: Lessons Learned From a Public Policy Viewpoint Print E-mail
By Andrew B. Wilson   
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The China hub had a big credibility problem. No one — even the supporters — seemed to believe the extravagant promises made on its behalf.

 
The End of Aerotropolis Subsidies? Print E-mail
By Andrew B. Wilson   
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

There is no justification for handouts for the proposed air cargo hub at Lambert. Tax credits and other subsidies do not support the public good in any clear or identifiable way.

 
The Job-Killing Effect of the 'Do Something' Mentality Print E-mail
By Andrew B. Wilson   
Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Taxpayers, beware! The call will go out this week for “bold” and “innovative” job creation schemes at both the state and national level.

 
‘Aerotropolis’ Bill: A Giant Step Backwards in Public Policy Print E-mail
By Crosby Kemper III   
Friday, September 02, 2011

Don’t be fooled by promises of amazing returns made by supporters of the Aerotropolis legislation. The underlying economics is not there. So why have a number of self-described conservatives rushed to support a misuse of taxpayers’ money? The author calls it a “complete abandonment of principle.”

 
Aerotropolis: The Wrong Way to Get-It-Done Print E-mail
By Andrew B. Wilson   
Friday, September 02, 2011

Supporters are calling for fast action - knowing that the economic case behind the Aerotropolis legislation does not survive close scrutiny.

 
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