State Policy Network
Show-Me Institute

5297 Washington Place

Saint Louis, MO 63108


Mission Statement

Advancing liberty with responsibility by promoting market solutions for Missouri public policy.


The Institute’s scholars study public policy problems and develop proposals to increase economic opportunity for ordinary Missourians. The Institute then promotes these solutions by publishing studies, briefing papers, and other educational materials, which help policymakers, the media, and the general public gain a better understanding of the issues. The Show-Me Institute hopes to build a thriving economy and a vibrant civil society for Missouri and strives to place Missouri in a position that leads the nation in wealth, freedom, and opportunity for all.


The Show-Me Institute is the only think tank in Missouri dedicated to promoting free markets and individual liberty. Our vision is for Missouri to be a place where entrepreneurs are free to pursue their dreams, where parents are free to direct the education and upbringing of their children, where the principles that guide state policy are those which enhance freedom, and where all Missourians are free from dependence on government. Our mission is to advance liberty with individual responsibility by promoting market solutions for Missouri public policy.

Year Founded


Branch Office

3645 Troost Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64109


In the Show-Me Institute Podcast, listeners can hear free flowing conversations focused on free market solutions to issues that impact Missouri. The Show-Me Institute covers issues from expanding educational freedom and increasing government transparency, to uncovering the hidden taxes that line the pockets of private developers. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts.

Top Policy Issues


Poverty Solutions

Criminal Justice Reform

Energy and Environment

Workplace Freedom


Local Government