THE PROBLEM: Excessive use of economic development subsidies has diverted much-needed tax revenue to developers and away from schools and other public services.
THE PROBLEM: Missouri’s economy has been stalled for almost two decades, as startup growth has slowed and entrepreneurs and taxpayers are leaving the state.
THE PROBLEM: Demand for charter schools in Missouri is at an all-time high. Unfortunately, for practical purposes charter schools are limited to the Kansas City and Saint Louis School Districts.
THE PROBLEM: Once a government union comes to power, it can stay in power indefinitely. No further elections are scheduled and no term limits are imposed. This means workers can do little to ensure their union truly represents their interests and is held accountable.
THE PROBLEM: Missouri students are underperforming. On the 2015 NAEP exam, only 31% of Missouri 8th-graders were found proficient in math and only 36% were found proficient in English.
THE PROBLEM: Prison costs in Missouri are rising, and the state’s crime and incarceration rates are higher than the national average.
THE PROBLEM: Under current Sunshine Law in Missouri, government bodies may close meetings, records, and votes relating to contract negotiations until the contract is executed or rejected.
THE PROBLEM: All across Missouri, students lack access to higher-level coursework such as AP courses, calculus, and physics.
THE SOLUTION: Course access.
When it comes to state-level policy, research suggests that Missouri respects the rights and responsibilities of the individual.
In a piece last month from KCUR titled Planned Streetcar Extension Spurs Redevelopment Of Midtown Kansas City Hotel, the author asserts that the streetcar drives development.