Two court decisions about the health insurance subsidies provided for in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) have come down on opposite sides of the issue. As a result, the U.S. Supreme Court may take these cases to clarify the law.
Should Kansas City tear down its existing terminal and build a new one? Proponents of the $1.2 billion plan think so, but a Show-Me Institute analysis of that proposal and alternative options suggests the money could be better spent.
Michael Rathbone notes Stephen Moore's recent article in the Kansas City Star about Kansas's recent income tax cuts. Critics have claimed that the 18-month-old tax cuts haven't worked while both Moore and Rathobone argue that they need more time for their full impact to be realized.
David Stokes, the Show-Me Institute Director of Local Government Policy, talks about the Institute for Justice's lawsuit challenging Missouri's onerous licensing requirements for African-style hair braiders.
Show-Me Institute Research Fellow Rik Hafer, Ph.D., discusses how Missouri's economy has performed since 2000 relative to its neighbors and the country. Hafer and Show-Me Institute Policy Researcher Michael Rathbone outlined the details of Missouri's competitiveness with its neighbors in a recent essay: Missouri's Economic Record in the 21st Century.
The Show-Me Institute's Director of Local Government Policy, David Stokes, talks about the regulatory capture that taxi cabs enjoy in St. Louis and Kansas City. The taxi cab companies control the taxi commissions in those cities. Not surprisingly, those commissions have created barriers to entry for companies like Lyft and Uber who offer alternatives to traditional taxi service.
Show-Me Institute Intern Emily Watson talks about the importance of vo-tech education and congratulates Missouri's General Assembly for legislation that allows Missouri high school students to apply vo-tech classes toward their school requirements.
On Friday, May 9, Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT) held a race between the MetroLink, cars, and bikers from one metro stop to another one. That seemed rigged in favor of the MetroLink to us, so we held our own race from our office in the Central West End to BARcelona in Clayton.
St. Louis's light rail, MetroLink, has been built on press events and promises. The CMT made-for-media race earlier this month is a great example of the former, but consider some of the promises made to sell MetroLink:
* "...some of Metro Link's heaviest use could come from lunch-hour passengers moving among downtown, Union Station and the Central West End." - St. Louis Post-Dispatch 10/26/1988
* "The city is talking with investors and developers about building a golf course just north of the King Bridge, an area of abandoned rail lines... City planners picture light industry around the golf course.
"Conventioneers, just five minutes from East St. Louis by rail, offer a natural market for a golf course..." - St. Louis Post-Dispatch 10/17/1993
During our race, Joseph Miller provides the numbers behind MetroLink. It's incredibly expensive and there are better ways to improve public transportation. For example, money used on MetroLink would be better spent improving bus service.
Note 1: When Joseph Miller refers to "city" and "city planners" he means the "St. Louis region" and "regional planners".
Show-Me Institute Policy Researcher Michael Rathbone provides a snapshot of the budget recently passed in Jefferson City. Much of it is worthwhile, but why are we spending money on a political convention in Kansas City?
Show-Me Institute CEO Brenda Talent congratulates Missouri's General Assembly for finally cutting the state's income tax, but she also notes that more needs to be done. For Missouri to become more competitive it has to reduce taxes further. The Show-Me Institute has written about how to accomplish this:
We caught up with some food truck vendors at the 2014 St. Louis Food Truck rally last Saturday. David Stokes asked them about the their fight against red tape in St. Louis city and county. Things are getting better, but there's still work to be done.
Many students in unaccredited school districts want and need better educational options. However, Missouri’s public school leaders do not want to provide those options through inter-district choice programs. They worry that inter-district choice would bankrupt struggling school districts and place an undue burden on the more successful ones. There is, however, an option that avoids these problems – private school choice financed through tax credit scholarship programs. These programs, which are in place in 14 states, expand educational opportunities for K-12 students by generating private investment in education.
The Show-Me Institute and the Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise at Lindenwood University hosted a discussion about tax credit scholarships, explaining what they are and how they might be beneficial to Missouri. During the event, Jason Bedrick and Jonathan Butcher presented information from their recent Show-Me Institute case-studies and Paul DiPerna presented the findings of a new poll. The discussion also included a legislative panel that included Missouri Senators John Lamping and Maria Chappelle-Nadal and Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones. You can view the papers and video of the presentations via the links below.
The Show-Me Institute in partnership with the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice conducted a poll of Missouri voters. Missourians overwhelmingly want school choice. The full results will be released May 6 at ShowMeInstitute.org.
In an effort to bring Obamacare to Missouri, legislators in Jefferson City have re-branded the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion as a "Medicaid transformation." Missouri voters have repeatedly rejected Obamacare and any piecemeal adoption of its requirements. Missouri's General Assembly should do so again.