In this comprehensive look at property taxation in Missouri, Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst David Stokes highlights examples of all the things supported by property taxes. Also included is a look at what sorts of things work well when funded by property taxes and what sorts of things don't.
In this short video, Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst David Stokes gives an overview of a few things funded by property taxes. He also offers a prescription for which sorts of things work best when funded by property taxation, and which sorts of things don't.
In this video, SLU Professor Douglas Rush talks about an op-ed he wrote for the St. Louis-Post Dispatch that critized creating $360 million in tax credits. Rush explains that he thinks tax credits for building warehouses could come at the expense of state funding for higher education. Furthermore, he says he thinks that higher education is a better investment than construction subsidies.
If two warehouses would satisfy the projected demand for exports, what's the $300 million in tax credits for? In this video, Show-Me Institute Policy Analyst Audrey Spalding discusses recently released documents from the Midwest China Hub Commission which contain expert findings suggesting that existing warehouse space around Lambert Airport would satisfy increased international air cargo demand.
Early in the morning on July 29, 2011, Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund spoke to a large and enthusiastic crowd at the downtown branch of the Kansas City Public Library. The topic was the relationship between Milton Friedman and Ronald Reagan, and the positive effects on the national policy that Friedman's influence and Reagan's actions bestowed. The talk was in celebration and remembrance of Milton Friedman, and coincided with other talks around the nation also sponsored by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice.
In this video, Show-Me Institute policy analyst Audrey Spalding tells of a little-mentioned portion of the proposed Aerotropolis legislation. This provision would grant new authority to the mayor of Saint Louis and the Saint Louis County Executive, allowing them to dictate who could receive Aerotropolis tax credits — which amount to over $300 million dollars of potential development subsidy.
In this video, Show-Me Institute policy analyst Patrick Ishmael tackles another aspect of the proposed Aerotropolis bill: it may be possible for a company doing no exporting and no shipping by air to receive Aerotropolis tax credits.
In this video, Show-Me Institute policy analyst Patrick Ishmael explains how, despite the claims of Aerotropolis proponents, Missouri beef can not be exported to China because of current Department of Agriculture regulations.
In this video, David Stokes takes a first-hand look at commuters buying their gasoline, alcohol and tobacco in Missouri, motivated by the Show-Me State's lower excise taxes — and therefore lower prices. This shifting of purchases across state lines mean higher tax revenues for the state of Missouri, precisely because our tax rates are lower.
Computer-based education is the wave of the future. Virtual schooling offers a suite of options for students not fully served by traditional, brick-and-mortar public schools. Students can access lectures and course materials online from anywhere with internet access and learn on their own time. Missouri public schools offer a number of virtual schooling options for interested students, some of which are discussed in this video.