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As Session Ends, Liberty Legislation Picks Up Some Big Wins

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 23:00
By M.D. Kittle - It's been a big week for liberty and limited government in the Legislature.   Read More As Session Ends, Liberty Legislation Picks Up Some Big Wins

Union To Worker: Join Or We Can’t Protect You

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:49
By M.D. Kittle - Josh Herr started in the pottery department of Kohler Co. seven months ago. He said the harassment and intimidation from the union representing the factory employees began immediately.  Read More Union To Worker: Join Or We Can’t Protect You

‘Alcohol Czar’ Bill Pronounced Dead In The Senate

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 08:52
By M.D. Kittle - The ‘alcohol czar’ bill is dead, at least for now and in its current form, multiple Capitol sources tell MacIver News Service.   Read More ‘Alcohol Czar’ Bill Pronounced Dead In The Senate

What Minnesota Can Teach Wisconsin About Dental Therapists And Filling The Access Gap

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 23:00
By M.D. Kittle - Wisconsin, now engaged in a similar legislative battle, could benefit from the experiences of our neighbor to the west - and from Minnesota’s first licensed dental therapist.   Read More What Minnesota Can Teach Wisconsin About Dental Therapists And Filling The Access Gap

The MacIver Report: Wisconsin This Week – Politicians Step On Rakes

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:48
Team MacIver talks about all the rake-stepping politicians are doing of late. In Wisconsin, they're pushing reviled alcohol regulations, ignoring a reform to the state's hated minimum markup law, and spending piles of money. Meanwhile, D.C. Democrats are finally realizing they completely botched their tax cut messaging. The team also talks about our dental therapy policy brief and Matt Kittle interviews Christy Jo Fogarty about the success of dental therapy in Minnesota.  Read More The MacIver Report: Wisconsin This Week – Politicians Step On Rakes

Your Brewery Or Your Family: Wisconsin Makes Veteran Pick

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 10:07
Wisconsin told William Glass if he wanted to open a craft brewery, he'd have to divorce his wife and give away his kids. He says the state's latest plan to regulate the brewery industry would make things even crazier.   Read More Your Brewery Or Your Family: Wisconsin Makes Veteran Pick

MacIver News Minute: Zombie Alcohol Czar Scheme Just Won’t Die

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 09:59
Just like the zombies in The Walking Dead, one particularly insidious proposal at Wisconsin's Capitol just won't die. The plan calls for beefing up Wisconsin's already-onerous three tier alcohol industry regulations and creating a powerful "alcohol czar" to lord over brewers and distillers. Such a scheme would likely run small, craft brewers and distilleries out of business. The proposal is dead, again, for now...but cronyism never seems to stay dead and buried.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Zombie Alcohol Czar Scheme Just Won’t Die

John Doe Agents Get Legal Counsel – At Taxpayer Expense

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 23:00
By M.D. Kittle - Three former agents in Wisconsin’s infamous “John Doe II” investigation now have attorneys representing them - at state taxpayer expense.   Read More John Doe Agents Get Legal Counsel – At Taxpayer Expense

Beware, ‘Tis Silly Season in Madison

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 16:57
By Brett Healy - There are fewer than a handful of days left for legislative ideas to become law in the 2017-2018 biennial floor session. We here at the MacIver Institute like to refer to this time of the biennium as “the silly season.”  Read More Beware, ‘Tis Silly Season in Madison

Republican Lawmakers Proposing $200 Million Tax Cut, Bringing Back Walker Plan

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 17:15
By M.D. Kittle - Republicans are working on a $200 million tax cut plan - the same income-tax relief package scrapped from Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal last year.   Read More Republican Lawmakers Proposing $200 Million Tax Cut, Bringing Back Walker Plan

Licensing Dental Therapists Is A Free Market Way To Help Ease Wisconsin’s Shortage Of Dental Care

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 15:19
MacIver's Matt Kittle is joined by Christy Jo Fogarty, a dental therapist in Minnesota, which has permitted professionals like her to practice since 2009. Dental therapists have helped ease dental access issues in our neighbor to the west, and it could do the same in Wisconsin. Simply put, licensing dental therapists is a free market way to address problems with dental care access in Wisconsin, and a bill doing just that is moving through the Legislature.  Read More Licensing Dental Therapists Is A Free Market Way To Help Ease Wisconsin’s Shortage Of Dental Care

Brewers Ask Lawmakers To Reject ‘Protectionist’ ‘Booze Czar’ Bill

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 22:22
By M.D. Kittle - Marine veteran William Glass fought in combat. But perhaps the biggest battle of his life was with bureaucrats who ultimately took away his American Dream.   Read More Brewers Ask Lawmakers To Reject ‘Protectionist’ ‘Booze Czar’ Bill

MacIver News Minute: Time To Investigate The John Doe Investigators

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 17:20
A new bill being circulated in the Legislature by Sen. Dave Craig and Rep. Joe Sanfelippo would establish a bicameral committee with the rarely used subpoena power. The aim would be to force slippery John Doe investigators and former GAB agents to sit before lawmakers and answer questions - under oath.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Time To Investigate The John Doe Investigators

Attorney General To John Doe Judge: You Have The Power To Deal With Doe Abuses

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 12:48
By M.D. Kittle - John Doe agent Dropbox and email accounts on third-party servers containing secret, illegally seized John Doe records were still active, according to a letter by Attorney General Brad Schimel to a judge.  Read More Attorney General To John Doe Judge: You Have The Power To Deal With Doe Abuses

Packed House For Hearing On Minimum Markup Reform Bill

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 17:50
By M.D. Kittle MADISON, Wis. – An army of blue descended on the Capitol Wednesday, some 100 Walmart employees backing a bill that would repeal portions of Wisconsin’s antiquated “minimum markup law.”  Read More Packed House For Hearing On Minimum Markup Reform Bill

Brewers, Distillers, Others Opposed To ‘Alcohol Czar’ Bill

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 15:51
By Matt Kittle - Garthwaite, of the Brewers Guild, doubts that the booze czar would be independent. “The way I see it, there would end up being a bidding war between very large mega breweries, very large distribution companies and very large retailers on who will be their regulator and we (small brewers) would be the collateral damage,” he said. But Wisconsin’s biggest brewer doesn't care much for the proposal, either.  Read More Brewers, Distillers, Others Opposed To ‘Alcohol Czar’ Bill

Policy Brief: Dental Therapy In Wisconsin

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 08:45
By Chris Rochester and Jennifer Minjarez - A variety of factors are causing a growing shortage of dental care in Wisconsin, and the impact is being felt by all, from the very young to our grandparents living in nursing homes. If Wisconsin permitted dental therapists, it would help to alleviate this crisis.  Read More Policy Brief: Dental Therapy In Wisconsin

Feel The Love: Free Market Bills Up For Hearings Today

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 23:00
By M.D. Kittle - Legislative committees have scheduled public hearings on several pro-free market bills covering everything from cookies and wine to dentistry and pharmaceutical drugs.   Read More Feel The Love: Free Market Bills Up For Hearings Today

The MacIver Report: Wisconsin This Week – Seven Years Of Act 10 (And A Silly Season Update)

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 17:52
Team MacIver celebrates the seventh anniversary of the introduction of Act 10 with a walk down memory lane and fond memories of throngs of protesters taking over the Capitol in 2011. But back here in 2018, it's another kind of Silly Season at the Capitol with plenty of new spending schemes. Speaking of silly, the team also talks about some outlandish statements by liberals running for governor. That, a look at the new bill to open an investigation into the John Doe investigators, and a look at the packed Capitol calendar in this week's MacIver Report!  Read More The MacIver Report: Wisconsin This Week – Seven Years Of Act 10 (And A Silly Season Update)

Chart Smart: 2018 Winter Session Spending Proposals

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 09:30
As the state Legislature wraps up its last floor session of the biennium, a number of big spending proposals are making their way through the legislative process. The Legislature is considering over $470 million in spending.  Read More Chart Smart: 2018 Winter Session Spending Proposals

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