Show-Me Now! Missouri’s Economic Growth is in the Cellar Print E-mail
By Joseph Haslag   
Thursday, November 06, 2014

Show-Me Institute Chief Economist Joseph Haslag, Ph.D., notes the declining economic growth in Missouri compared to the rest of the country. Haslag has written about this issue in a recent essay: The 49th State: Revisiting Missouri’s GDP Sector by Sector.

Show-Me Now! A Free Market For Taxicabs Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Show-Me Institute Policy Researcher Joseph Miller notes that Uber Black is now operating in Saint Louis. Unfortunately, Uber's other ridesharing services are prohibited in the region by the taxicab commission. Saint Louisans would benefit from the increased competition.

Show-Me Now! Missouri businesses on the Dole Print E-mail
By Michael Rathbone   
Thursday, October 23, 2014

Policy Researcher Michael Rathbone notes that Missouri is one of the top 10 states... for corporate welfare. According to Veronique de Rugy of the Mercatus Center, the Show-Me State has given away over $5 billion to well-connected big businesses. A better approach would be across the board tax cuts.

Show-Me Now! School Choice: Back to Francis Howell Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Friday, October 17, 2014

James Shuls, Ph.D., talks about the Goodloe family's decision to leave the Normandy School District and return to Francis Howell School District.

Debate: Does More Government Help Or Hurt? Print E-mail
By Joseph Haslag   
Monday, October 13, 2014

This debate hosted at the Kansas City Library and sponsored by the Show-Me Institute addressed the question: does more government help or hurt? Stephanie Kelton, Ph.D., chair of the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Department of Economics, and Joseph Haslag, Ph.D., Show-Me Institute Chief Economist and University of Missouri economics professor debated the government's role in the economy. Following the debate, moderator Mike Shanin of KCPT-TV's Ruckus, led a question and answer session with the audience.


Show-Me Now! Gone Girl, Gone Money Print E-mail
By Michael Rathbone   
Thursday, October 09, 2014

Missouri taxpayers underwrote the recently released Gone Girl to the tune of $2.36 million. Was that investment worth it?


Show-Me Now! The No-Risk Toll Road Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Thursday, October 02, 2014

In 2006, the state of Indiana leased the Indiana Toll Road to a private company. That company went bankrupt recently, but, because the toll road had been privatized, taxpayers weren't stuck with the bill.


Policy Breakfast: Missouri Transportation Funding: Where Do We Go From Here? Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Thursday, October 02, 2014

Missouri voters recently defeated a sales tax initiative to fund transportation needs. Nonetheless, Missouri's Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has to find funding for maintenance and improvement projects. This panel discussion explores future funding options for MoDOT.

Policy Forum: A Discussion About The Common Core State Standards Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Thursday, September 18, 2014

You may have heard of Common Core--the Common Core State Standards--but what are these standards for primary education and are they appropriate for Missouri? This panel of educational experts discuss their pros and cons.

Show-Me Now! Educational Innovation From The Top Down Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

In the wake of Katrina, the Recovery School District (RSD) has rebuilt public education in New Orleans, Louisiana. RSD has made extensive use of charter schools. What can Missouri learn from this natural experiment? Read the recent case study from James Shuls, Ph.D., to find out.


Show-Me Now! Is Kansas City Addicted to Corporate Welfare? Print E-mail
By Patrick Tuohey   
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tax Increment Financing and similar tax subsidies are intended to improve areas that are blighted, but is that what they're really used for?

Are Charters the Next Step for Private Schools? Print E-mail
By Mike McShane, Corey Quinn, Matt Hoehner, and James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Friday, September 05, 2014

Friedman Legacy Day St. Louis: Part 1: Are Charters The Next Step For Private Schools?

In the first part of the Show-Me Institute's Friedman Legacy Day 2014 presentation Mike McShane of the American Enterprise Institute presented a summary of his research paper: Sector Switchers, Why Catholic Schools Convert To Charters And What Happens Next.

For decades, Catholic schools, particularly inner-city Catholic schools, have seen declines in enrollment and an increasing need for subsidies from their dioceses. Many dioceses, however, have been unable to shoulder that burden, forcing schools to close. In response to difficult financial circumstances, the archdioceses of Indianapolis, Miami, and Washington, D.C., put a new twist on the typical story, “closing” a set of their inner-city schools, but allowing them to reopen as independently managed public charter schools.

Friedman Legacy Day St. Louis: Part 2: Panel Discussion and Q&A

In the second part of the Show-Me Institute's Friedman Legacy Day 2014 presentation James Shuls, Ph.D., moderated a panel discussion about religious schools becoming charters schools. The panel consisted of Mike McShane of the American Enterprise Institute, Corey Quinn, President, De La Salle Middle School, and Matt Hoehner, Regional Executive Director, Educational Enterprises, Inc. The panel also answered questions from the audience.

Show-Me Now! Kansas City's Hail Mary Pass? Print E-mail
By Patrick Tuohey   
Thursday, September 04, 2014

Patrick Tuohey notes an effort in Kansas City to bring the Super Bowl to town, but is it worth it? Several research papers have shown that the tax revenue used to bring big events to a city is only rarely  recouped by the revenue generated by the event. Kansas City should spend tax payers money on more pressing needs.

Show-Me Now! One Lawyer’s Fight For School Choice Print E-mail
By Brittany Wagner   
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Brittany Wagner reviews some of the highlights from her recent interview with Joshua Schindler. Schindler is the lawyer representing Normandy students who are trying to transfer to accredited school districts.


Transferring from Normandy: An interview with lawyer Joshua Schindler Print E-mail
By Brittany Wagner   
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Show-Me Institute Education Policy Research Assistant Brittany Wagner interviewed lawyer Joshua Schindler about his work advocating for transfer students. Missouri's transfer law allows students in unaccredited public school districts to transfer to nearby accredited schools; however, a number of districts have refused to accept transfer students, even students that they had accepted last year.

Schindler has represented several of these students in court. Earlier this month, Judge Michael Burton ordered several school districts to accept transfer students from the unaccredited Normandy school district. Because of the number of students involved and the favorable court decision, Schindler is now pursuing a class action suit on behalf of these transfer students.


Show-Me Now! School Transfer Print E-mail
By Brittany Wagner   
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Through a series of legal maneuvers, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the State Board of Education attempted to prevent students from transferring from Normandy Schools Collaborative. School choice and the school transfer law prevailed last Friday when Judge Michael Burton ruled in favor of transfer students. Since the transfer law was upheld for a few students, it should be upheld for all of them.

Show-Me Now! Should St. Louis Sell Its Vacant Schools? Print E-mail
By Abigail Fallon   
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Like many major cities, St. Louis has a large number of vacant school buildings; however, the process for purchasing those buildings should be streamlined.

Show-Me Now! MODOT Speed Bump: Sales Tax Defeated Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Thursday, August 07, 2014

On 5 Aug, 2014, Missouri voters defeated the transportation sales tax ballot measure.

Show-Me Now! Certificate of Red Tape Print E-mail
By Christien West   
Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Hospitals and other health care providers in Missouri are required to get a certificate of need if they want to setup shop or expand their operations. Research has shown that this regulatory barrier can result in higher costs and/or lower the quality of the health care services provided.

Missouri Roads: Better Than You've Heard Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

On 5 Aug, 2014, Missouri voters will decide whether to raise the state-wide sales tax 0.75% to fund road and bridge maintenance. The state's roads and bridges are among the best in the nation according to two recent studies. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce ranked Missouri roads 7th best of the 50 states while the Reason Foundation ranked the Show-Me State 8th.


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