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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.

 

 
MetroLink: The Great Race - Part Deux Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller, Michael Rathbone, and Emily Watson   
Sunday, May 18, 2014

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".

 
Policy Breakfast: Government Privatization in Missouri: Successes, Risks, and Opportunities Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Monday, March 17, 2014

Show-Me Institute Director of Local Government Policy David Stokes recently released a case study about privatization efforts in Missouri. The study documents the variety of ways in which counties, cities, and towns can engage the private sector to effectively provide many public services. Examples of areas that can experience cost savings and service improvements through privatization include trash pick-up, ambulance service, swimming pool and golf course management, animal control, fleet management, government pharmacy services, and much more.

Read the full case study: Government Privatization in Missouri: Successes, Risks, and Opportunities.

 
David Stokes on the Privatization of the Botanical Garden's Gift Shop Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

David Stokes discusses the recent privatization of the Missouri Botanical Garden's gift shop and how government can engage the private sector to improve similar public services. He also discusses the research presented in his recent case study, "Government Privatization In Missouri: Successes, Risks, And Opportunities."

 

 
Ferguson Mayor James Knowles On Privatization Print E-mail
Monday, February 10, 2014

There are numerous ways that Missouri communities can benefit from privatization. David Stokes documented examples from across the state to help inform both decision makers and the public about the options available (read the case study). He also interviewed Ferguson Mayor James Knowles about that city's use of privatization:

 If you enjoy these highlights from his interview, please watch the full interview.

 
What's the Good News About the Economy? Print E-mail
By Mark Perry   
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Dr. Mark Perry of the American Enterprise Institute spoke with SMI communications director Rick Edlund about why he's optimistic about the U.S. economy. The country is full, he says, of the energy of ideas, and it's starting to pay off.

 
The 2012 Elections: Analysis and Commentary Print E-mail
By Bob Roper   
Friday, December 07, 2012

In the final Show-Me Forum breakfast lecture of 2012, Bob Roper recapped the recent election results, discussing both national elections and Missouri elections.

 
The Road Not Taken Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Thursday, May 31, 2012

Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst David Stokes says the Missouri Legislature at least talked about toll roads, but …

 
Witch-Hunting for Robber Barons: The Standard Oil Story Print E-mail
By Lawrence Reed   
Friday, January 21, 2011

On Jan. 20, 2006, the Show-Me Institute sponsored this presentation by Lawrence Reed, then the president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, presently the president of the Foundation for Economic Education. Reed explains the many flaws with the prevailing theory that Standard Oil was a monopoly or that the company's founder and president, John Rockefeller, was exploitative — or, indeed, anything other than a shrewd and successful businessman serving his customers well. Ethelmae Humphreys, at the time a member of the Show-Me Institute's board of directors, introduced the speech.

 
Proposal to Get Missouri Moving - Full Interview Print E-mail
By Jerome Day   
Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Upon the release of Jerome Day's new study analyzing Missouri's transportation options for the future, Show-Me Institute Communication Director Rick Edlund sat down with him to talk about some of his findings.

 
Show-Me Institute Free-Market Field Trip No. 3: Ticket Scalping Print E-mail
By David Stokes, Caitlin Hartsell   
Friday, August 13, 2010

Show-Me Institute staff and interns illustrate a functioning market by scalping St. Louis Cardinals tickets at Busch stadium. Free-market lessons are interspersed throughout the video as the teams show how market transactions can make both parties better off.

 
Show-Me Institute Free-Market Field Trip No. 2: Payday Loans Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Thursday, June 17, 2010

In this video, policy analyst David Stokes, accompanied by two research assistants, endeavors to get to the heart of the payday loan debate by ... actually getting a payday loan. Filmed on location at Saint Louis–area payday loan stores and casino on April 1, 2010.

 
Transportation in Missouri Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst David Stokes speaks about transportation in Missouri at a Show-Me Forum in Columbia on Aug. 3, 2009.

 


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