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SMI: “Tax Cuts Provide Better Stimulus Than Government Spending”

June 3rd, 2009 · No Comments

Good piece from Dr. Haslag and Mr. Stokes. We generally agree that tax cuts are better long term for an economy than government spending, but we still must go back to the point we made in an earlier post. We say no thanks to tax cuts with borrowed and printed money that our children and […]

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SMI Commentary: Charter Schools Succeed at Language Instruction

March 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

Former Show-Me Institute policy analyst Sarah Brodsky highlights another reason why inner city public schools are failing our children and not preparing them for the 21st century economy. By Sarah Brodsky Charter schools, the public schools run by independent organizations that are continual subjects of debate, are often compared to traditional public schools on the […]

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SMI Commentary: Three Ideas for Smaller Government in Missouri

February 17th, 2009 · No Comments

As the federal government prepares an unprecendented takeover of the private economy today, Show Me Institute policy analyst David Stokes offers a commentary with ideas on how to shrink Missouri’s government. By David Stokes There are many potential ways to reduce the size and influence of government in Missouri. For each, at least one — […]

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SMI Study Examines Size, Spending of Government Jurisdictions in Missouri

February 6th, 2009 · No Comments

Does more government always lead to higher spending? Or can a higher number of officials and jurisdictions help to check each other’s power? A new study released yesterday by the Show-Me Institute reveals that while Missouri has a disproportionately high number of governmental entities, it somehow bucks the tendency for higher taxation and inefficiency that […]

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Show-Me Institute Does Not Take Sides in Political Debate Over Judicial Selection

January 21st, 2009 · No Comments

SMI Press Release: SAINT LOUIS — Judicial selection is a hot political issue in Missouri. Groups and individuals throughout the state have taken sides in efforts to either alter or preserve the methods by which judges are chosen in their particular jurisdictions. The Show-Me Institute has become aware that some political activists have linked its […]

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Tags: MO Supreme Court · Show Me Institute

Show-Me-Institute: Regulations Targeting Payday Lenders Won’t Solve Financial Problems

December 16th, 2008 · No Comments

Amen on this commentary!!! Those who rail against the payday loan industry should step up to the plate and loan their own money to people with little to no credit history and sketchy job histories. These are short term loans people!. Of course the interest is going to equate to ridiculous rates – if it […]

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Occupational Licensing Costs Missouri Consumers, Finds Show-Me Institute Study

December 4th, 2008 · No Comments

We’re wondering if Mr. Stokes performed any “field research” while researching his massage parlor study? The licensing of occupations in Missouri could be could be costing consumers more for some services, according to a new case study being released by the Show-Me Institute. Although a nationwide survey by the Reason Foundation last year listed Missouri […]

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Show-Me Institute Study Examines Public-Private Partnerships and Toll Roads for Missouri

November 25th, 2008 · No Comments

As Missouri officials consider how to fund new highway projects, a new study from the Show-Me Institute considers two approaches not seen so far in the state: toll roads and private ownership of new highways. The study, “Private Provision of Highways: Economic Issues,” reviews the methods and opportunities for privately financed and operated roads. While […]

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Show-Me Institute Study Finds New Public Pension Programs Face Long-Term Financial Challenges

November 21st, 2008 · No Comments

The Missouri public pension system currently faces serious long-term financial challenges, according to a new study released by the Show-Me Institute. The study’s author, Richard C. Dreyfuss, an actuary and pension expert, points out that Missouri taxpayers are facing compound problems regarding the state’s ability to manage effectively both defined benefit public pension and retiree […]

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Former Bond Aide Pleads Guilty in Abramoff Investigation

November 20th, 2008 · No Comments

“Blackann worked for Bond during the period in which he is accused of accepting illegal gifts.” By Susan Crabtree In the ongoing investigation of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, a former aide to Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.) has pleaded guilty to accepting an illegal gift of a trip to the World Series and admission to a […]

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