Are the Rams on their way out of St. Louis? A recent decision by arbitrators could have a serious impact on whether the Rams stay or go. Show-Me Institute Policy Researcher Michael Rathbone explains what this decision means not only for the Rams, but for taxpayers as well.
Most lobbyists who vie for tax dollars are privately funded. But some public entities — cities, public employee groups and others — hire lobbyists using taxpayer dollars, in order to lobby higher levels of government for even more tax dollars. Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst David Stokes discusses the concept briefly in this video, and at length in a recent paper.
In this February 2013 Show-Me Forum, Policy Analysts David Stokes and Patrick Ishmael detail some of the specific bad public policies that are hurting Missouri. Of particular focus are corporate handouts in the form of development tax incentives, governments lobbying other governments for a larger share of taxpayer money, and Enterprise Zones (plus EEZs). Like all the Show-Me Forums, this event was held in Columbia. On the following day, Stokes and Ishmael reprised this presentation for an audience in the Show-Me Institute's office in the Central West End of Saint Louis.
Crowds of parents and students rallied at Union Station in Kansas City to celebrate school choice, as part of the National School Choice Week Whistle Stop Train Tour. Students sang, danced, and cheered as speakers drove home the message that students are all different — but they share one thing in common. They all deserve a quality education.
Funding for K-12 public education is an important issue, especially now. The state’s school funding formula is underfunded and federal support for education is likely to decline in the next year. Show-Me Institute education policy analyst, James V. Shuls, discusses this topic on Missouri Viewpoints with Mike Ferguson. So what is the answer to Missouri’s education funding problems? According to Shuls, “The answer can’t always be more.” Rather, the state and school districts need to begin to rethink how we deliver education.
Tax Increment Financing is one of the most common forms of local government corporate welfare. Here in Saint Louis, developers are attempting to use it in one of the most vibrant and economically healthy neighborhoods. A new high-rise apartment and Whole Foods grocery would be wonderful, but it should not involve taxpayer subsidy.
On December 6, Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich stopped by the Show-Me Institute's office in the Central West End of Saint Louis to discuss his work and his office for a packed-house crowd. Among the topics Schweich discussed: how his office has saved taxpayer money, and how much; the state auditor's office's new rapid response team; Auditor Schweich's personal bio and how he came from practicing law, to international law enforcement, to returning to Missouri to become State Auditor; and Auditor Schweich's favorite part of his current position — helping small towns throughout the state find their financial footing.
In the final Show-Me Forum breakfast lecture of 2012, Bob Roper recapped the recent election results, discussing both national elections and Missouri elections.
On November 7th, James Shuls presented his paper, The Salary Straitjacket, to the Missouri Mathematics and Science Coalition in Jefferson City, Missouri. This is the audio of that presentation, along with the slides Shuls used.
Ticketmaster is proposing paperless ticketing technology that would limit the freedom of fans to buy, sell, and give away tickets to concerts and other events. Show-Me Institute Research Assistant Kacie Galbraith stopped by the recent Justin Bieber concert in Saint Louis to ask fans what they think of the change.