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By Michael Q. McShane on Aug 17, 2017

Summer fading into fall and children heading back to school . . . it can mean only one thing: Football is about to come back.

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By Joseph Haslag on Aug 08, 2017

When I arrived at the University of Missouri in 2000, Dr. Ed Robb told me that the Missouri economy was just like the national economy in terms of the economic growth rate. While Dr.

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By James V. Shuls on Aug 02, 2017

Teachers love their pension system. And why not? A teacher can retire at age 55 with 30 years of service and draw 75% of their final average salary for the rest of her life. For a teacher who becomes a principal or superintendent, this benefit could easily be six figures annually.

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By Graham Renz, Grace Vandegriff on Jul 27, 2017

Whatever our policy inclinations, we should all agree that government ought to be for the public good, transparent, and accountable. Unfortunately, some of Missouri’s community improvement districts fail to satisfy these uncontroversial, common-sense requirements of good government.

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By Andrew B. Wilson on Jul 24, 2017

In the land of the blind, the man with one eye is king. When it comes to Missouri’s rapidly proliferating special taxing districts, one-eyed kings pick millions of dollars out of the pockets of unseeing and unsuspecting consumers / taxpayers.

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By James V. Shuls on Jul 17, 2017

It looks like teachers in Marshfield are finally getting a raise.

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By Graham Renz on Jul 10, 2017

A version of this op-ed appeared in the Clayton Times on July 11, 2017.

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By Graham Renz on Jun 27, 2017

It’s far too easy to spend other people’s money. If you’ve ever had a credit card or your identity stolen, you know this far too well.

Stanford economist Russ Roberts summarized the phenomenon thusly: “If you’re paying, I’ll have top sirloin.”

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By Michael Q. McShane on May 16, 2017

It was the Irish Playwright Samuel Beckett who wrote, “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”

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By Graham Renz on Apr 20, 2017

Saint Louis is beating out cities like New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco in one very important respect. No, it’s not in job creation, economic growth, or public safety. Saint Louis is on the rise in a very different respect.