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By Graham Renz on Jun 19, 2017

On June 19, 2017, Show-Me Institute Policy Researcher Graham Renz testified before the Chesterfield Valley Transportation Development District (TDD) Board of Directors regarding the extension of the TDD sales tax for the purpose of subsidizing an ice complex.

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By Graham Renz on Jun 16, 2017

The City of St. Louis is exploring the privatization of Lambert International Airport through the federal Airport Pilot Privatization Program (APPP). The APPP allows a limited number of publicly owned and operated airports to exchange the right to operate and manage their facilities (and so, pursue profits) with private firms in return for major up-front cash payments, a share of future revenues, and major capital investments.

By Frank Catanzaro on Jun 16, 2017

Fancy bricks and big bucks: Chesterfield’s half-million dollar wall is getting a lot of attention and not for the right reasons.

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By Patrick Ishmael on Jun 14, 2017

This week the Missouri Senate returned to the Capitol for its second special session of the summer—an enterprise for which a handful of Senators have themselves to thank.

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By Patrick Tuohey on Jun 12, 2017

The rush to build something—anything—at Kansas City International Airport is calling into question the ability and even the seriousness of Kansas City leadership.

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By Patrick Tuohey on Jun 09, 2017

Kevin Collison, freelance reporter and supporter of taxpayer-subsidized economic development, inadvertently undercut the argument that streetcars spur economic investment in a recent story on a downtown Kansas City blog.

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By Michael Q. McShane on Jun 07, 2017

Last week, Mizzou took several important steps in ensuring that all students on campus, regardless of viewpoint, will have the freedom to express their beliefs openly.  As the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) explains, the university released a policy statement recognizing the free speech rights of students and also adopted new policies around protests and demonstrations that clearly explain the rights of students to congregate and speak their minds in public spaces.

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By Howard Wall on Jun 05, 2017

The Saint Louis and Kansas City metropolitan areas account for over half of Missouri's economic output. Accordingly, the state's economic performance is largely determined by the successes or struggles of the two metro areas.

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By James V. Shuls, Ph.D. on Jun 05, 2017

As I wrote in my last blog post, a report authorized by the Kansas City Public School Retirement System (KCPSRS) suggests there is a 42% probability that the system will be insolvent in 20 years. This is serious. The retirement security of many hard-working teachers may be at risk. And, ultimately, the taxpayers may be at risk if the system goes belly-up. So, how can the system handle this problem?

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By James V. Shuls, Ph.D. on Jun 02, 2017

In 20 years, the probability that the Kansas City Public School Retirement System (KCPSRS) will not be insolvent is only somewhat better than a coin flip.