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By Patrick Tuohey on Dec 06, 2018

We’ve all heard the phrase, “you have to spend money to make money.” Thanks to some reporting by Brian Robbins and Jacob Kirn of the St. Louis Business Journal, we know that in Missouri we spend money just to spend money.

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By James V. Shuls on Dec 05, 2018

There is a strange notion going around that public schools are the only place, or the best place, to inculcate students with the values of citizenship.

By Andrew G. Biggs on Dec 04, 2018

Can above-average investment returns solve Missouri's pension crisis? Dr. Andrew Biggs of the American Enterprise Institute reveals the answer in our "Ask an Economist" series.

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By Elias Tsapelas on Dec 04, 2018

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Medicaid costs in Missouri are expected to increase drastically again next year. This yearly refrain will continue again into State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2020, as indicated by the recently released state department requests for next year’s budget.

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By Patrick Tuohey on Dec 03, 2018

If you aren’t a regular reader of Tony Messenger’s column in the St.

By Patrick Tuohey on Nov 30, 2018

When ESPN Radio host Bernie Miklasz took to the air to attack David Hunn’s St.

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By Susan Pendergrass on Nov 29, 2018

Wait, what? One of the largest local school districts in St.

By Show-Me Institute Staff on Nov 29, 2018

2018 was a year of change in Missouri. Lawmakers passed much-needed tax cuts for families and businesses, expanded education options for Missouri students, cut burdensome red tape, and fought back against big government through labor and transparency reform.

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By Abigail Burrola on Nov 27, 2018

Taking the ACT or the SAT has become an important rite of passage on the path to college for most students. These tests are critical to the future of a huge number of students, so states should care how their students perform on them.

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By Brenda Talent, Susan Pendergrass on Nov 26, 2018

On November 19, the Missouri State Board of Education met in a closed session to determine who would be selected as the state’s next commissioner of education. It was high time to do so. In a tumultuous session almost a year ago, the board removed the last commissioner, Dr.