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Rewarding Failure

Thu, 06/01/2023 - 06:50
Dan O'Donnell - Three of the absolute worst school districts in Wisconsin are rewarding their abysmal performance by giving themselves massive raises. As Dan O’Donnell reports, taxpayers should be outraged by how badly these districts are failing their students.  Read More Rewarding Failure

Backyard Chickens And The Courage to Solve Problems

Wed, 05/31/2023 - 10:04
The Milwaukee Bailout and Shared Revenue Bill: Did the Legislature lay an egg?   Just 2 years ago, Governor Evers proposed allowing counties and municipalities over 30,000 to increase (or newly levy, in the case of municipalities) the sales tax 0.5% with voter approval at referendum. The 2021 plan was labeled “dead on arrival” by …

Milwaukee County Plans to Dump Parks System onto MMSD Customers

Mon, 05/29/2023 - 23:47
"That’s actually a very interesting idea, because the sewage commission currently has a property tax levy authority without levy limits and regional-wide operating revenue stream,” Ald. Bob Bauman said at a May 10th meeting.  Read More Milwaukee County Plans to Dump Parks System onto MMSD Customers

Remembering Wisconsin’s Losses On This Memorial Day

Sun, 05/28/2023 - 21:33
On this Memorial Day, we mark 20 years since the start of the Iraq War. Between 2003 and 2011, 91 Wisconsin service members — active duty and reserve component — died in Iraq.   Read More Remembering Wisconsin’s Losses On This Memorial Day

Fact Check: What Really Happened To Firefighter Pensions After Detroit’s Bankruptcy

Thu, 05/25/2023 - 12:26
Although their claims about Detroit’s bankruptcy are repeated debunked, Wisconsin lawmakers supporting the Milwaukee bailout are undeterred. Fortunately, as the MacIver Institute repeatedly demonstrates, the truth is not difficult to find.  Read More Fact Check: What Really Happened To Firefighter Pensions After Detroit’s Bankruptcy

Where Is The Republican Plan For Tax Relief?

Wed, 05/24/2023 - 06:57
Dan O'Donnell - Republicans have proposed spending hundreds of millions of dollars on shared revenue, but are oddly silent on how much of the COVID relief surplus they plan to give back to taxpayers.  Read More Where Is The Republican Plan For Tax Relief?

MacIver News Minute: After the Milwaukee Bailout

Mon, 05/22/2023 - 23:51
LISTEN - Alderman Bob Bauman’s already trying to figure out how to get another 1% to support the trolley and clear the way for even more spending.  Read More MacIver News Minute: After the Milwaukee Bailout

Milwaukee Must Learn from Its Own Bad Decisions the Hard Way

Mon, 05/22/2023 - 17:13
By Sen. Chris Kapenga - If we step in and “save the day,” there will be no consequences for the poor policies which led to the current situation.  Read More Milwaukee Must Learn from Its Own Bad Decisions the Hard Way

A Big Spending, Big Government, Big Bailout Plan Gets Worse?

Tue, 05/16/2023 - 17:49
While legislative leaders desperately scramble for ways to secure Evers’ approval, MacIver continues to seek answers to the basic questions taxpayers have asked.  Read More A Big Spending, Big Government, Big Bailout Plan Gets Worse?

MacIver News Minute: Questioning the Milwaukee Bailout Plan

Tue, 05/16/2023 - 17:00
LISTEN -James Hohman of the Mackinac center says there’s no reason to think there would be any impact to Wisconsin’s credit rating either if Milwaukee declared bankruptcy.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Questioning the Milwaukee Bailout Plan

Fact Check: Would Milwaukee Bankruptcy Hurt Wisconsin?

Mon, 05/15/2023 - 12:25
LISTEN - Did Detroit's bankruptcy affect Michigan's bond rating? Did Michigan lose population because of Detroit's bankruptcy? Did MIchigan lose industry because of Detroit's bankruptcy? Listen to this edition of the MacIver Newsmakers Podcast to find out!  Read More Fact Check: Would Milwaukee Bankruptcy Hurt Wisconsin?

MacIver Newsmakers Podcast: Rep. Tiffany Describes Southern Border Crisis

Fri, 05/12/2023 - 15:56
LISTEN - Rep. Tom Tiffany joins this edition of the MacIver Newsmakers Podcast to detail the implications of the border crisis and what must be done to stop it.  Read More MacIver Newsmakers Podcast: Rep. Tiffany Describes Southern Border Crisis

Plan Introduced to Push Healthcare Price Transparency

Thu, 05/11/2023 - 09:12
Conservatives have long championed Health Savings Accounts as a way for patients to take more control of their health care and health care spending, but without robust transparency it’s difficult for consumers to make meaningful comparisons.  Read More Plan Introduced to Push Healthcare Price Transparency

How a Local School Board President Election Illustrates the Fragility of Faith in Democracy

Wed, 05/10/2023 - 07:47
Dan O’Donnell uses a bizarre incident in which a Whitnall School District employee rigged a school board president election to illustrate the importance of election integrity at a statewide and national level. May 10, 2023 Perspective by Dan O’Donnell “I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is …

Evers Gets to Replace Three More Republican District Attorneys

Mon, 05/08/2023 - 17:19
Wisconsin Republicans just handed Gov. Evers three more county district attorney offices for him to fill with Democrat appointees.  Read More Evers Gets to Replace Three More Republican District Attorneys

The Train Has Left the Station

Mon, 05/08/2023 - 09:37
By Howard Marklein - The Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) took our first votes of the State Budget process on Tuesday, May 2, 2023. The train has left the station.  Read More The Train Has Left the Station

The Less You Know About Climate, The More You Cry About Climate

Wed, 05/03/2023 - 23:55
Perspective by William Briggs - It would seem impossible for there to be a “mental toll” caused by “climate change”, for the simple and true reason that the climate has not changed by much, or in any unusual way, and it has been this way for a very long time.  Read More The Less You Know About Climate, The More You Cry About Climate

JFC Scraps Evers’ Budget Plans

Wed, 05/03/2023 - 15:39
WATCH - Republicans stood by their beliefs that government should have a limited role in society, while Democrats argued for more control over more issues.  Read More JFC Scraps Evers’ Budget Plans

Republicans Attempt To Save Liberal Cities From Themselves

Wed, 05/03/2023 - 08:56
Dan O’Donnell explains why the new Republican shared revenue plan is a godsend for cash-strapped cities like Milwaukee—because it saves them from their own worst impulses.  Read More Republicans Attempt To Save Liberal Cities From Themselves

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