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News And Views: Act 10 Savings, Pork Barrel Spending, and Bureaucrat Benefits

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 11:56
MacIver investigative reporter Matt Kittle joins Oliver Burrows on WXCO in Wausau for their weekly update - $3.2 billion in school district health benefits savings thanks to Act 10, lavish sick leave and pension benefits for state government retirees, and more pork barrel spending in The Swamp.  Read More News And Views: Act 10 Savings, Pork Barrel Spending, and Bureaucrat Benefits

MacIver News Minute: Act 10 Saved School Districts $3.2 Billion in Benefits Costs Alone

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 10:48
Act 10 is truly the gift that keeps on giving. New data shows just how much - thanks to the flexibility offered by the landmark budget reform, school districts have been able to shop around for their employee health insurance benefits. That's led to an astounding $3.2 billion in savings just on health benefits, 60 percent lower than if the trend before Act 10 had continued.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Act 10 Saved School Districts $3.2 Billion in Benefits Costs Alone

Cedarburg School Referendum Survey Raises Bias Concerns

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 00:00
By Chris Rochester - Cedarburg School District officials are moving forward with a referendum asking voters to approve $59.8 million in new spending. However, local critics say the decision to go ahead with the referendum was based on the results of a biased survey that was designed to show overwhelming community support whether it existed or not.  Read More Cedarburg School Referendum Survey Raises Bias Concerns

Schimel: Obamacare Lawsuit Moving Forward

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 15:43
By M.D. Kittle - The Wisconsin Department of Justice’s case against Obamacare is moving toward a resolution, Attorney General Brad Schimel says.   Read More Schimel: Obamacare Lawsuit Moving Forward

On Vicki McKenna: Act 10 Saves School Districts $3.2 Billion in Benefits Costs

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 15:13
Wisconsin school districts have saved $3.2 billion in employee benefits costs since Act 10 was enacted in 2011, new state data shows. Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining reform gave districts more flexibility to find better deals on employee health insurance, resulting in benefits costs being 60 percent lower today than if the prior trend had continued. MacIver research associate Ola Lisowski joins the Vicki McKenna Show on News/Talk 1130 WISN to discuss her latest.  Read More On Vicki McKenna: Act 10 Saves School Districts $3.2 Billion in Benefits Costs

Since Act 10, School Districts Have Saved $3.2 Billion in Benefits Costs

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 00:00
By Ola Lisowski - Since Act 10's passage, Wisconsin school districts have saved more than $3.2 billion in benefit costs. Today, just 6.4 percent of districts pay employee premiums in full. That’s a far cry from 2010-11, when 43 percent of all districts paid the the entirety of their employee premiums on single plans every month.  Read More Since Act 10, School Districts Have Saved $3.2 Billion in Benefits Costs

MacIver News Minute: Outlandish Perks for Public Employees Highlight Need for Reform

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 12:08
The next time someone peddles a sob story about how rough government workers have it, remind them of the retiree who collected over $1 million in converted sick leave compensation, or the one who gets a pension payout of $750,000. While these examples are the exception to the rule, there are enough outliers to boil the blood of the average private sector worker, whose tax dollars still bankroll a lot of bloat in government.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Outlandish Perks for Public Employees Highlight Need for Reform

Lawmakers: Time To Cap Sick Pay ‘Golden Health Care Parachutes’

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - Lawmakers say reforms to a state employee benefits system that includes “golden health care parachutes” for some retirees are long overdue.   Read More Lawmakers: Time To Cap Sick Pay ‘Golden Health Care Parachutes’

Jay Weber Discusses MacIver’s Local Roads Report

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 15:26
Jay Weber on News/Talk 1130 WISN discusses Bill Osmulski's report at the MacIver Institute pointing out that as local officials complain about not getting enough state money for their roads, most local roads are local responsibilities. And there's money to pay for basic upkeep if that was a priority at budget time.  Read More Jay Weber Discusses MacIver’s Local Roads Report

A Bad Week for American Socialism, A Great Week for America

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 00:00
Special Guest Perspective By Dan O'Donnell - Rarely has there been a week that more clearly illustrated the difference between supply-side conservative governance and the neo-socialism of the modern left. Dan O'Donnell shows how events over the past week expose the inevitable triumph of capitalism over socialism in America.  Read More A Bad Week for American Socialism, A Great Week for America

Get Your Crayons, Calculators, Glue Sticks and Girdles Tax Free This Weekend

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - Nothing says “school supplies” like a garter belt and a cummerbund.   Read More Get Your Crayons, Calculators, Glue Sticks and Girdles Tax Free This Weekend

MacIver News Minute: Legislature Eyes Direct Primary Care…And New Red Tape

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 14:45
At a recent legislative hearing, a panel of doctors illustrated why direct primary care has so many health care reformers excited. The innovative new method of delivering care by fostering a direct, personal relationship between doctor and patient holds the promise of slashing costs, especially for some of the most crucial and common treatments and drugs. The legislative study committee is considering adding DPC to state law - but they're also considering adding regulations that could strangle the practice.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Legislature Eyes Direct Primary Care…And New Red Tape

Healy Discusses the Kimberly Clark Bailout, New Polling in Governor’s Race on the Dan Conry Show

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 13:54
MacIver Institute President Brett Healy joins Matt Kittle on the Dan Conry Show on News/Talk 1310 WIBA to discuss a possible plan to bail out paper manufacturer Kimberly Clark. Instead of picking winners and losers, why not give all Wisconsin individuals and businesses the "Foxconn treatment," Healy asks. Brett and Matt also talk about problems with the latest polling in the race for governor.  Read More Healy Discusses the Kimberly Clark Bailout, New Polling in Governor’s Race on the Dan Conry Show

Jackpot Sick Leave and Pension Payouts Point the Way to Potential Reforms

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 13:52
MacIver Investigative Reporter Matt Kittle joins Vicki McKenna on News/Talk 1310 WIBA to talk about his latest piece probing the perks enjoyed by government employees. Lavish sick leave payouts, which state workers can roll over in perpetuity and convert to free health care in retirement - as well as eye-popping pension payouts some retirees are raking in - beg for a new round of bold reforms in Wisconsin.  Read More Jackpot Sick Leave and Pension Payouts Point the Way to Potential Reforms

MacIver Report Extra: Grover Norquist Talks Tax Cuts, Tax Reform 2.0

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 08:50
Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, joins MacIver's Matt Kittle to talk about the positive effects of last year's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and the prospects of a second round of tax reform that congressional Republicans have been discussing.  Read More MacIver Report Extra: Grover Norquist Talks Tax Cuts, Tax Reform 2.0

Report: Pork Spending in Federal Budget More than Doubled Since Last Year

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 00:00
The 2018 federal budget didn’t just shatter spending caps – it also features record-breaking numbers of pork projects and earmarks. Overall, the cost of earmarks skyrocketed to $14.7 billion in 2018 – an unprecedented and ill-advised increase of 116 percent since just last year.  Read More Report: Pork Spending in Federal Budget More than Doubled Since Last Year

News And Views: State Employee Sick Leave Jackpots and a Healthcare Reform Potpourri

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 14:07
MacIver Communications Director Chris Rochester joins Oliver Burrows on WXCO in Wausau to talk about the lavish sick leave benefits enjoyed by many state government workers. They also discuss Nancy Pelosi's visit to Wisconsin to push more government involvement in healthcare, Gov. Walker's newly approved reinsurance plan, and the cost-saving potential of Direct Primary Care.  Read More News And Views: State Employee Sick Leave Jackpots and a Healthcare Reform Potpourri

Wisconsin Government Retirees Still Benefitting Big From Unused Sick Pay

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - While tens of thousands of Wisconsinites wonder how they’re going to cover their escalating health insurance costs, scores of former government workers in the Wisconsin Retirement System may not have to worry about paying for their health care bills for the rest of their lives.   Read More Wisconsin Government Retirees Still Benefitting Big From Unused Sick Pay

MacIver News Minute: Local Officials Shirk Road Repair Responsibilities

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 13:20
Wisconsin's road funding debate is paved with plenty of half-truths. A big one is that local officials have no money to do necessary upkeep, or that it's the state's fault that town, municipal, and county roads are full of potholes. Not true - a new MacIver Institute analysis found that in too many cases, local officials simply aren't making basic road repairs a top priority at budget time. And remember: most local roads are entirely a local responsibility. It's a convenient way to try wringing more money out of state government, but a disservice to local motorists.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Local Officials Shirk Road Repair Responsibilities

Nancy Pelosi Doubles Down On Progressive Health Care Failure While Stumping In Wisconsin

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 00:00
Perspective By M.D. Kittle - If you like your failed government-run health care system, you can keep it. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) promised as much last weekend while campaigning in Milwaukee for fellow progressives.   Read More Nancy Pelosi Doubles Down On Progressive Health Care Failure While Stumping In Wisconsin

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