Show-Me Institute policy analyst Audrey Spalding gives her impressions on the "Aerotropolis" study.
On April 20, 2011, the Missouri Senate Jobs, Economic Development and Local Government Committee heard testimony from the public about the proposed "Aerotropolis" subsidy bill. Show-Me Institute policy analysts Audrey Spalding and Christine Harbin were on hand to deliver their own impressions of the problems with the proposed legislation. They were, in fact, the lone opposing witnesses that day. Q&A with the state senators followed each policy analyst's remarks. Read their full testimony here. For a transcript of the Q&A, click here.
Food trucks are growing in popularity in the Saint Louis area. Some area legislators want to restrict their freedom of movement. In this video, Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst Christine Harbin hits the streets of the Central West End to find out what the customers think of food trucks and of legislative efforts to put the brakes on wheeled food.
Anthony Barber wants to open a barbecue restaurant in north Saint Louis. But last summer, the city rejected his bid to buy the vacant building where he planned to put it. Now, after a yearlong investigation by Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst Audrey Spalding, the city has said that it will reconsider his application. Here's Anthony’s story.
Upon the release of Jerome Day's new study analyzing Missouri's transportation options for the future, Show-Me Institute Communication Director Rick Edlund sat down with him to talk about some of his findings.
In this talk, given in Columbia on Feb. 7, 2011, columnist Bob Roper makes the case that the increased influence of the tea party on federal elections represents a major shift of power and influence away from the traditional Republican Party, and that the effects will be long-lasting. Moreover, Roper sees the increased influence of the Republican Party and decreased influence of the Democratic Party as a result of the 2010 election as an important signal to both the politicians and the electorate. An in-depth Q&A session follows the talk.
Economist Jeff Milyo shows that people are systematically misinformed about campaign finance, and sheds light on a number of important matters relating to elections, political spending, and the effect of one on the other. This talk was given in Columbia on Nov. 1, 2010 — the day before election day.
On Oct. 4, 2010, Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst Dave Roland, now with the Freedom Center of Missouri, spoke in Columbia on the topic of occupational licensing and the right to earn a living. Titled "Economic Liberty and Occupational Licensing: If You Aren't Outraged, You're Not Paying Enough Attention," his talk relates the stories of a few specific individuals who have been harmed by occupational licensing, as well as the history of licensing — both in general, as well as in Missouri.
At the Show-Me Forum in Columbia on Feb. 7, political columnist Bob Roper gave his assessment of the 2010 midterm elections. Roper, who writes a twice a month column for the Columbia Daily Tribune, told the crowd Republicans shouldn’t get too cocky over their big gains in November. As he said in this clip, the real winner may have been the tea party.
Why does the city of Saint Louis hold so many vacant homes and properties without selling most of them? How can a financially strapped city afford to hold onto thousands of properties when there are potential buyers? Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst Audrey Spalding spent nearly a year researching the issue and will soon publish a policy study that raises some interesting questions. Here’s a video preview.