MacIver Institute

Subscribe to MacIver Institute feed MacIver Institute
The Free Market Voice for Wisconsin
Updated: 2 hours 15 min ago

Milwaukee’s Caporegime

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 07:26
By Dan O'Donnell - Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is sounding an awful lot like The Godfather’s Tom Hagen these days as he tries to pressure both the State Legislature and Milwaukee County voters to approve a sales tax increase next spring.  Read More Milwaukee’s Caporegime

Our Wisconsin: The Education Crisis

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 00:21
Spotlight: Milwaukee Public Schools - With Just 19% Of MPS Students Proficient In Math And 16.5% In English Language Arts, What Changes Will The District Make To Improve Student Achievement? Where Is The Outrage?  Read More Our Wisconsin: The Education Crisis

MacIver News Minute: Land of Risky Bonds

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 09:16
October 10, 2019 Wisconsin is making national headlines for its Public Finance Authority (PFA), which is responsible for 10 percent of all municipal bond defaults so far this year. The PFA is sells bonds to investors and lends that money to private organizations with risky projects. Those private organizations are ultimately responsible for paying back …

No Economic Justification For New Milwaukee TIF District

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 19:01
By Bill Osmulski - Milwaukee is attempting to officially turn TIF into what critics have always claimed it to be: a slush fund for public officials’ pet projects. If Milwaukee gets away with TID#100, it will set a new precedent throughout the state, and countless others will follow suit.  Read More No Economic Justification For New Milwaukee TIF District

Eviction Notice

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 07:34
By Dan O’Donnell - Governor Evers and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett could have shut down “Tent City” any time they wanted to. So why are they only just now doing it?  Read More Eviction Notice

MacIver News Minute: Funding Frivolous Lawsuits

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 08:20
News Minute - You can't sue someone if you can't prove damages, but that doesn't stop Democrats from trying - especially when it's not costing them any money to do so.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Funding Frivolous Lawsuits

National Spotlight Leads To Audit Request Of PFA

Mon, 10/07/2019 - 16:40
MacIver News - State lawmakers are demanding an audit of Wisconsin’s Public Finance Authority (PFA) following a report in the Wall Street Journal that it is responsible for selling the riskiest municipal bonds in the country.  Read More National Spotlight Leads To Audit Request Of PFA

MacIver News Minute – The Insatiable DOT

Thu, 10/03/2019 - 00:50
On October 1st, Wisconsin drivers began paying an extra $200 million a year through higher vehicle fees. Don't expect a thank you from the DOT though. DOT Secretary Craig Thompson, Gov. Tony Evers, and Wisconsin's road lobbyists are still pushing for their gas tax hike.  Read More MacIver News Minute – The Insatiable DOT

Governor Evers’ Tangled Web

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 00:02
Dan O’Donnell reports that the Governor’s dishonesty about when he can schedule a special election has once again revealed his utter incompetence.  Read More Governor Evers’ Tangled Web

Wisconsin Taxpayers Rejoice: $13.1 Billion in Tax Relief Since 2011

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 22:19
It’s Still Working Wisconsin $7.2 billion in income and sale tax cuts, $5.8 billion in property tax cuts, and $131 million in general fund tax cuts total staggering figure – but some of the most sizable tax cuts, such as those stemming from Act 10, aren’t even included in the figure   By Ola Lisowski …

MacIver News Minute: Impeachment Impromptu

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 07:11
October 1, 2019 Apparently the evidence of President Trump’s wrongdoing is so damning, Democrats had to fabricate an entire dialogue between Trump and the Ukrainian president to start off the impeachment inquiry. Attempting to mischaracterize the key piece of evidence doesn’t lend much confidence to Democrats’ chances of ousting Trump – a goal they’ve been …

National Liberal Networks Behind Milwaukee’s CBA Extortion Scheme

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 06:01
By Bill Osmulski - The City of Milwaukee has apparently joined a movement that stretches well beyond the state of Wisconsin.  Read More National Liberal Networks Behind Milwaukee’s CBA Extortion Scheme

MacIver News Minute: Evers’ Gun Grab

Thu, 09/26/2019 - 07:18
Gov. Evers jumped headfirst into the national gun control debate by saying he would support gun confiscation in Wisconsin, a state where hunting is a way of life.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Evers’ Gun Grab

A Case of the Mondays

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 01:01
By Dan O'Donnell - For the first time in at least 40 years (and possibly ever), an election in the state will take place on a Monday after Evers issued an executive order scheduling a special election to replace now-retired Republican Congressman Sean Duffy on Monday, January 27th, 2020. A primary, should one be necessary, will be held on Monday, December 30th, 2019.  Read More A Case of the Mondays

MacIver News Minute – A Sign Of The Times

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 20:13
Only 39 percent of Wisconsin's public school students can read and write at grade level, and the signs of this academic collapse are starting to show in the labor force.  Read More MacIver News Minute – A Sign Of The Times

DWD Task Force Targets Wisconsin’s Gig Economy

Mon, 09/23/2019 - 03:00
Governor Evers’ newest task force is looking for ways to slow down Wisconsin’s gig economy including companies like Uber and Lyft.  Read More DWD Task Force Targets Wisconsin’s Gig Economy

MacIver News Minute: Fed Minimum Wage Bill Puts Disabled Workers At Risk

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 08:21
The House of Representatives recently passed a bill to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. While the Democrats who control the House talk about looking out for the little guy, one group would be decimated by a $15 an hour minimum wage – the Differently Abled.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Fed Minimum Wage Bill Puts Disabled Workers At Risk

Why Did MPS Leaders Protest More Federal Money?

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 01:01
Special Guest Perspective by Sen. Dale Kooyenga - When a new idea is proposed, whether that be an innovative new scholarship program from Secretary DeVos or the New Opportunity for Milwaukee proposed by Sen. Darling and me several years ago, we see a small percentage of people employed within those calcified systems making a lot of noise to resist change.  Read More Why Did MPS Leaders Protest More Federal Money?

Deeper Dive: Wisconsin’s Education Crisis

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 13:03
Data Release: Six of Ten Wisconsin Students are Not Proficient in Math or English. School Choice Students Outperform Peers Again. Where is the outrage?  Read More Deeper Dive: Wisconsin’s Education Crisis

Sign of the Times

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 01:00
Dan O’Donnell on how a sign on a Milwaukee-area Boston Market is a warning sign for Wisconsin about the state of K-12 education  Read More Sign of the Times

Pages