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By Michael Highsmith on Dec 06, 2016

Planning for retirement is no small task, and when news comes that a public pension plan is in financial trouble, both plan employees and local taxpayers should be concerned, because one of the two is going to have to pick up the tab.

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By Michael Q. McShane on Nov 22, 2016

On November 8, Missourians sent a clear message: We want change. Republicans won every major statewide office—all of which but one had been held by Democrats. The Missouri House and Senate retained Republican supermajorities. President-elect Trump won the state by 19 points.

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By Graham Renz on Nov 21, 2016

In 2014, Mayor Sly James said that “Now is the time to start a conversation about the appropriate level of incentives we need to grant, especially considering the impact of declining property values felt by all taxing jurisdictions during the recent economic downturn.” At the time, he suggested t

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By Michael Austin on Oct 28, 2016

With the World Series in full swing, I’m reminded of a quote from one of my favorite sports movies, Field of Dreams: “If you build it, he will come.” I wouldn’t be surprised if these same words were in the minds of Kansas economic development officials when they successfully recruited th

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By Rex Sinquefield on Oct 27, 2016

The “recovery” of the last seven years remains the worst in postwar American history. Average gross domestic product (GDP) growth since the bottom of the recession in 2009 was barely above 2.1% per year. The average since 1949 is well above 4% per year during the previous 10 expansions.

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By Patrick Ishmael on Oct 26, 2016

On Tuesday, the American Royal Association announced that it would be moving from its longtime home in Kansas City, Missouri's West Bottoms, to Kansas City, Kansas.

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By Michael Q. McShane on Oct 25, 2016

The English language offers several beautiful idioms to describe someone unwelcome at a social gathering. The most common, “a skunk at a garden party,” paints the image quite nicely.

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By Andrew B. Wilson on Oct 19, 2016

I had a friend – a newspaper editor and publisher – who mangled many words, sometimes inventing new ones in the process.

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By Patrick Tuohey on Oct 12, 2016

The Kansas City Star recently reported that Urban Summit activists have turned in petition signatures requiring a citywide vote for an additional sales tax to support development on the east side of to

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By James V. Shuls, Ph.D. on Oct 10, 2016

Vicarious embarrassment—it’s the feeling you get when you watch someone else in an awkward situation. It’s the best description of how I feel when I hear my colleagues at the University of Missouri-St. Louis explain why faculty members should unionize. Squirming, stomach churning . . .

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