Economic research center’s ties to Sinquefield raise eyebrows

A nonpartisan economic research group that provides Missouri lawmakers information on how much money proposed legislation would cost the state is drawing scrutiny for its ties to organizations with strong ideological leanings.

The University of Missouri’s Economic & Policy Analysis Research Center, which is often relied on by lawmakers as a source of economic projections, employs many economists with ties to a group founded by conservative political donor Rex Sinquefield. Those connections are causing opponents of Sinquefield’s tax-cutting agenda to question the impartiality of the information upon which Missouri legislators rely.

Joseph Haslag, the center’s director and an economics professor at MU, said his organization’s work couldn’t be biased because it relies on a model that eliminates personal judgement and subjectivity.

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