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Show-Me Now! Outrageous: Your Money, Their Choice? Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Monday, May 04, 2015

Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst Joseph Miller explains that the Regional Sports Authority (RSA) is using taxpayer money to sue the city of Saint Louis. Their lawsuit would prevent a vote to decide whether city taxpayers will finance a new football stadium.

Show-Me Now! Convention Hotel or Another Money Pit? Print E-mail
By Patrick Tuohey   
Friday, March 13, 2015

Kansas City may soon be talking about building a convention hotel downtown. Just as with other promises of economic development, convention hotel business in other cities have never lived up to projections. Kansas Citians are right to be wary.


Show-Me Now! A New Stadium for the Rams? Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Saint Louis City has offered to help fund a new stadium for the Rams, but urban revitalization projects, like a new stadium for the Rams, don't bring the economic development promised by politicians, notes Policy Analyst Joseph Miller.


Show-Me Now! Public Dollars for the Edward Jones Dome? Print E-mail
By Michael Rathbone   
Thursday, January 08, 2015

Michael Rathbone notes that the St. Louis Rams may be moving to LA. Should St. Louis taxpayers offer to build a new stadium or improve the Edward Jones Dome to keep the Rams in town? No.

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! 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! 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! 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?

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! Greene County's Bad Bet Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Greene County's decision to back a land development deal has turned south for tax payers.




Show-Me Now! Corporate Welfare In KC Print E-mail
By Patrick Tuohey   
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Burns & McDonnell is a Kansas City success story, so why is it asking taxpayers to fund the development of a lot next to its corporate headquarters? Read Patrick Tuohey's testimony before KC's TIF commission against this corporate welfare.


Show-Me Now! Thumbs Up To Gander Mountain Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Gander Mountain just opened its first store in Missouri, in the St. Louis suburb of Fenton, with plans to open more locations in the Show-Me State. David Stokes is excited about this new store because the corporate policy is to not take tax subsidies as the company expands around the country:

Policy Presentation: A Public Discussion About Kansas City International Airport Print E-mail
By Crosby Kemper III, Patrick Tuohey, and Joseph Miller   
Monday, March 10, 2014

The Kansas City Aviation Department has proposed building a new terminal at Kansas City International Airport (MCI) that could cost $1.2 billion or more. While the city has attempted to collect information on the project independently, most of the data comes from the very people who support the project. In this discussion, the Show-Me Institute will share the results of its own research on the costs, challenges, and likely results of such an endeavor.

Read more of the Show-Me Institute's research into Kansas City International Airport at


Patrick Tuohey on Kansas City International Airport Print E-mail
By Patrick Tuohey   
Thursday, March 06, 2014

Patrick Tuohey explains that the cost of a new terminal at Kansas City International Airport would be passed along to passengers. Higher ticket prices would result and that could cause airlines and travelers to look for alternatives to KCI.


Michael Rathbone on Stadium Sweetheart Deals Print E-mail
By Michael Rathbone   
Thursday, February 13, 2014

Michael Rathbone talks about the fairness of public financing for stadiums. Currently, $24 million in taxpayer money is spent annually for the original construction of the Edward Jones Dome. Saint Louis City taxpayers contribute $6 million of that. Saint Louis County taxpayers contribute another $6 million. And the state of Missouri contributes $12 million from the public coffers each year, but it doesn't make sense that Springfield and Joplin residents are paying for a stadium that they rarely use:


Three Recommended Reforms For Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Friday, January 17, 2014

As Missouri's General Assembly gets underway in 2014, they should move to reform Tax Increment Financing (TIF). David Stokes suggests three reforms that the legislature should enact this session:

  1. Prohibit elected city officials from overriding county TIF commissions
  2. Focus TIF subsidies on returning property to greenfield status
  3. Prohibit TIFs from being awarded in floodplains statewide


David Stokes Explains Tax Increment Financing Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

In this half-hour interview with Lee Presser that first aired on Nov. 12, 2013, Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst David Stokes explains how Tax Increment Financing (TIF) works and the impact on tax policy. Stokes also reviews several notable TIF proposals.

$16 Million For Two Blocks? Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Thursday, September 19, 2013

Should Missouri and St. Louis taxpayers provide more than $16.5 million in tax subsidies to move Laclede Gas two blocks from 720 Olive to the General American building on Market?

Show-Me Minute: Tax Credits Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Show-Me Minute is a short radio advertisement to inform listeners about the work of the Show-Me Institute in a particular policy area. In this Show-Me Minute which first aired on KWTO 560AM in Springfield, MO, we discuss tax credits.

The Tax Subsidy That Wasn't Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Sunday, July 21, 2013

The tax subsidy that wasn't: Olivette demonstrated that you don't need corporate welfare for economic growth.

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