Tom Schlafly http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Commentary: Why Not Raise Missouri's Gas Tax Instead Of Sales Tax? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-why-not-raise-missouris-gas-tax-instead-sales-tax <p>During its recently completed session, the Missouri General Assembly passed a measure that would let voters decide whether to increase the state sales tax to pay for improvements to highways and for other transportation needs. This action is interesting for a couple of reasons.</p><p>First is the underlying assumption that voters are in fact capable of making an informed decision about how to generate revenue for the state.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 03:29:11 +0000 Tom Schlafly 36684 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Why Not Raise Missouri's Gas Tax Instead Of Sales Tax? Commentary: Disparity Among School Districts http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-disparity-among-school-districts <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Missouri, as in most states, public schools are administered by local school boards. &nbsp;The boundaries of school districts are drawn in accordance with state law. Schools are funded primarily through local property taxes. Districts with higher per capita incomes tend to have better schools. &nbsp;The districts most in danger of losing their accreditation tend to be those with lower per capita incomes.</span></p><p></p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Tom Schlafly 30502 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Disparity Among School Districts Commentary: St. Louis' Love / Hate Relationship With The Mississippi River http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-st-louis-love-hate-relationship-mississippi-river-0 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">St. Louis has always had a love-hate relationship with the Mississippi River.&nbsp; The city depends on the river for its very existence. Yet we cursed the river for giving us too little water last fall and we now curse it for giving us too much.&nbsp; As is the case with so many of life’s mysteries, we need to look to poetry for insights into our complicated relationship with our river.</span></p> Fri, 10 May 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Tom Schlafly 26018 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org