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.
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.
Show-Me Institute Policy Researcher Michael Rathbone explains the causes of the Great Depression and the effects of government policies during that crisis in this presentation titled "Why was the Depression so Great?"
This presentation covers three main points: what caused the Great Depression; what caused it to go on for so long; and how did we finally get out of it.
Many believe that the cause was the stock market crash of 1929, which caused the Great Depression and a laissez-faire approach toward the crisis, ultimately making things worse. However, that is incorrect. In fact, while the crash started the crisis, it was a series of well-intentioned but poorly thought-out government actions that turned a sharp recession into a depression.
This presentation details how, in fact, President Roosevelt built upon the policies of President Hoover to combat the Depression. However, these policies did not get the country out of the Depression. In reality, it took a combination of events, including World War II, to actually end the Depression and restore strong economic growth. After watching this presentation, you will have a better understanding of that era in American history and the effects of public policy on the economy.
Have you heard of the proposed Metro fare increases? Metro may need to raise fares to cover its rising expenses. Joseph Miller talks about strategies to raise fares that Metro should consider. He also notes that Metro should reduce or eliminate routes that require high taxpayer subsidies.
Michael Podgursky, Ph.D., responds to recent arguments to raise the minimum wage. While raising the minimum wage would help a few low-skill workers, it would also eliminate many low-skill jobs. Podgursky says there's a better way.
Ticketmaster is proposing paperless ticketing technology that would limit the freedom of fans to buy, sell, and give away tickets to concerts and other events. Show-Me Institute Research Assistant Kacie Galbraith stopped by the recent Justin Bieber concert in Saint Louis to ask fans what they think of the change.
On October 25, 2012, in an event co-sponsored by the Federalist Society and the Show-Me Institute, a crowd of excited attendees gathered despite inclement weather in Saint Louis to watch a debate on the hotly contested topic of voter ID laws.
John Fund, senior editor of the American Spectator, and Denise Lieberman, senior attorney for Advancement Project, represented the opposing sides of the debate, with Missouri Circuit Court Judge Robert H. Dierker moderating.
This video, created by the Economic Freedom Project, demonstrates the power of free markets to create and restore — in this case showcasing Joplin, Mo and the volunteers, workers, and residents acting in a market free from government help or excessive regulations.
In these two videos, Wendell Cox explains some of the ideas and implications of his recent policy study for the Show-Me Institute. Is Saint Louis poised to see a population resurgence? Is "smart growth" harming the areas that implement it?
In the final Show-Me Forum of 2011, Missouri Bankers Chair John Howe and Show-Me Institute President Rex Sinquefield discuss the "efficient markets hypothesis," the idea that it's impossible to "beat the market" because stock prices reflect all available information. Professor Howe takes a theoretical approach from the start, but buttresses his arguments with a number of studies and experiences.
Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst Audrey Spalding returned to Saint Louis local roundtable discussion show Donnybrook on December 15, 2011. Among the topics covered this time were: a proposal to ban texting while driving in the state of Missouri, the new leadership announced by the RCGA, the controversy surrounding Lowe's and "All-American Muslim," and Pujols' departure from the Saint Louis Cardinals.
Food trucks are gaining popularity nationwide, and the greater Saint Louis area is no exception. Some localities wish to ban the food trucks, restricting competition and consumer choice. In this video, cupcake truck owner Jeff Pupillo explains how allowing such competition benefits consumers, workers and taxpayers.