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Letter to the Editor: Lift Ban On MO Alcohol Advertising

To the Editor: Mr. Overfelt’s opinion piece, “HB433 Upholds Free Speech in Missouri’s Free Marketplace” was right to criticize Missouri’s current liquor laws as burdensome relics of prohibition. Current law prevents alcohol retailers from advertising the sale price of their products, leaving businesses incapable of communicating special sales or offers, and consumers ill equipped to

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Op Ed: Coal use and responsible environmental stewardship are not mutually exclusive ideas

By Ray McCarty, President/CEO, Associated Industries of Missouri During the 2016 campaign, President Trump actively campaigned to end the “war on coal”.  His message resonated with not only states whose economies benefit from production and shipment of coal, but with manufacturers and industry. This includes those who believe in our country’s energy independence, and with others

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Op Ed: Missourians deserve a real transportation dialogue, not a toll road lecture

By Rep. Bryan Spencer There is no silver bullet to fixing Missouri’s transportation funding crisis. Believe me, we in the General Assembly have been searching for one. There is also no shortage of ideas from transportation bureaucrats and newspaper editorial boards; including the use of private investment to build new roads and then forcing state

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Op Ed: How ESAs Can Fix the Status Quo

You may already know that 10,000 Missouri high school students dropped out of school in 2016. What you may not know, is that of those students that stayed in school and went on to college, nearly 40% required remedial courses in basic math and English to catch up with their counterparts from other states.   These

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Op Ed: Truth in Alcohol Advertising

HB433 Upholds Free Speech in Missouri’s Free Marketplace By David Overfelt, President, Missouri Retailers Association Missouri retailers of alcohol may currently offer discounts and specials just like other businesses. But unlike other businesses, they cannot publicly advertise actual truthful retail prices through newspapers, radio and TV. It’s a bizarre example of government censorship that dates

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Op Ed: A Conservative’s Take on Charter Schools

The evidence is overwhelming. Giving Missouri families choice in education helps ensure our children have access to high quality educational opportunities in areas where Missouri’s public schools are failing. It is time for Missouri’s behemoth education bureaucracy to face the fact that our state’s education outcomes are less than stellar in certain areas.  In 2016, nearly

Op Ed: Legislature Must Act to Protect Small Businesses in Growing Fantasy Sports Industry

By Tim Jensen In 2016, the Missouri legislature was refreshingly proactive in becoming one of the first states to regulate and tax fantasy sports. At first glance, the passage of legislation was great news for fantasy sports companies — not just the big names you know, like DraftKings and FanDuel, but also Missouri small business


TWMP panel compliments Fitzpatrick in work as budget chair

Jeff Mazur of LaunchCode; Joe Lakin of Victory Enterprises; Joe Patterson with the St. Louis County Police Officers; and Rep. Peter Merideth, D-St. Louis, appeared on the opinion maker panel of This Week in Missouri Politics April 2 to voice their thoughts on pressing matters within state government such as current local elections, a tax proposal


Op Ed: The Legislature, not local governments, should set minimum wage

The question of whether to let local governments set their own minimum wage isn’t really about policy. It’s about politics. It’s about people’s emotions, not economics. [“Op-Ed: Give St. Louis wage a chance—you just might like what you see,” April 4] The argument in favor of a wage increase boils down to this: It’s impossible