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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.

 
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.

 
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.

 

 
Show-Me Now! KCI New Terminal: A Flight Of Fancy? Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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.

Read our analysis: The Comparative Expense Of The Proposed New Terminal Plan For Kansas City International Airport

 
Show-Me Now! Give Tax Cuts A Chance Print E-mail
By Michael Rathbone   
Wednesday, July 09, 2014

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.

 
May 20 (St. Louis): 2014 Legislative Session Wrap-Up Print E-mail
By John Lamping   
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Missouri Sen. John Lamping (R-Dist. 24) talks about the recently concluded 2014 state legislative session.

 


 

 
Show-Me Now! Missouri's 2014 Budget Print E-mail
By Michael Rathbone   
Thursday, May 15, 2014

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?

 
May 6 (Columbia): 2014 Legislative Session: The Home Stretch Print E-mail
By Rep. Chris Kelly and Joseph Haslag   
Friday, May 09, 2014

Missouri Rep. Chris Kelly (D-Columbia) and Show-Me Institute Chief Economist Joseph Haslag, Ph.D., talk about Missouri's 2014 legislative session.

 
Show-Me Now! Missouri's Income Tax Cut Print E-mail
By Brenda Talent   
Friday, May 09, 2014

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:

 

 
Show-Me Now! Time To Cut Taxes? Print E-mail
By Michael Rathbone   
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

You paid your income taxes earlier this week, but until tax freedom day, your still working for the government. According to the non-partisan Tax Foundation, this year's tax freedom day is April 21 nationally. Lowering or even eliminating income taxes would make it come even sooner and the Show-Me Institute has researched policies that would move Missouri in that direction:

 

 
Show-Me Now! What Is A No Tax Increase Bond? Print E-mail
By James V. Shuls, Ph.D.   
Thursday, April 03, 2014

Voters across Missouri will go to the polls on April 8th to vote in local elections. Many will have the opportunity to vote on public financing issues that have been described as "no tax increase bonds". Dr. James Shuls explains how these bonds work:

 
David Stokes On Farmland Tax Assessments Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Missouri's legislature has upheld a 5% increase in farmland productive value. That means that there will be a slight increase in property taxes on farmland next year. David Stokes advocates for this increase because of the disparity in property taxes across the state.

 
Update: Transportation Funding Print E-mail
By Joseph Miller   
Thursday, February 06, 2014

Joseph Miller talks about transportation funding in the Show-Me State. A bill pending in Jefferson City, HJR 68, would put a 1% sales tax to the voters next November. Miller argues that drivers, not shoppers, should pay for roads and bridges.

 
Show-Me Data: Visualizing Missouri's Low Gas and Tobacco Taxes Print E-mail
By Michael Rathbone   
Friday, December 13, 2013

Michael Rathbone looks at using Show-Me Data to explore the lower excise taxes in Missouri on gasoline, alcohol and tobacco. These lower taxes attract customers from Missouri's eight neighboring states. This shifting of purchases across state lines means higher tax revenues for the state of Missouri. Now, investigate the tax policies that interest you the most at Show-Me Data.

 
Video: Is It Time To Leave Kansas City? Print E-mail
Monday, October 14, 2013

Kansas has just enacted sweeping tax reforms, in some cases wiping out some forms of income tax altogether. For years, residents of Kansas City have been lured into Kansas due to issues such as crime, education, and taxes, but have Kansas’ recent moves brought us to a tipping point? Watch Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst Patrick Ishmael; President of Allen Financial, Greg Allen; and CFO of Tarsus, Paul Burns, discuss tax policy fixes for the greater Kansas City area.

 

 
Free Rides In The Zoo Museum Taxing District? Print E-mail
By Haleigh Albers   
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Are visitors from the greater St. Louis region to the St. Louis Zoo free-riding on a diminished tax base?

 
Show-Me Minute: Border War Print E-mail
Monday, August 05, 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 the efforts of Kansas and Missouri to lower taxes to encourage economic growth.

 
Myths About Inequality Print E-mail
By Lee Ohanian   
Monday, April 22, 2013

Recently, and especially leading up to the 2012 Pesidential Election, there has been much talk about inequality of both wealth and tax burden among the American people. In a talk at Saint Louis University, UCLA Economics Professor Lee Ohanian dispelled some of the popular but mistaken ideas about the relative income growth of rich and poor, the tax burdens each group bears, and how best to restore prosperity for every American.

 
Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying: Government Lobbying Government Print E-mail
By David Stokes   
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Most lobbyists who vie for tax dollars are privately funded. But some public entities — cities, public employee groups and others — hire lobbyists using taxpayer dollars, in order to lobby higher levels of government for even more tax dollars. Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst David Stokes discusses the concept briefly in this video, and at length in a recent paper.

 
Checking the Books: Safeguarding Missouri's Money Print E-mail
By Tom Schweich   
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

On December 6, Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich stopped by the Show-Me Institute's office in the Central West End of Saint Louis to discuss his work and his office for a packed-house crowd. Among the topics Schweich discussed: how his office has saved taxpayer money, and how much; the state auditor's office's new rapid response team; Auditor Schweich's personal bio and how he came from practicing law, to international law enforcement, to returning to Missouri to become State Auditor; and Auditor Schweich's favorite part of his current position — helping small towns throughout the state find their financial footing.

 
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