The year 1997 marks a grim turning point for Missouri. In the 10 years before 1997, Missouri's economic growth had kept pace with that of the nation as a whole. Since 1997, Missouri has been one of the slowest-growing states in the nation. What happened--and why? This essay explores those questions, analyzing the decline in Missouri's fortunes by looking specifically at taxation and state spending for clues. To read more, click on the link.
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