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Left’s Medicaid Expansion Narrative Is A Fairy Tale

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - The inconvenient truth for progressives is that expanding Medicaid has been a costly proposition for taxpayers, costing some truly in need the medical benefits they could use.   Read More Left’s Medicaid Expansion Narrative Is A Fairy Tale

MacIver News Minute: Madison Broadband Boondoggle Pronounced Dead

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 09:43
The long-held dream of liberal Madison bureaucrats is to build a costly city-owned broadband internet infrastructure. That dream died at a recent meeting of the city's Digital Technology Committee. Several years of shoe leather reporting and analysis by MacIver - along with cold, hard fiscal reality - forced officials to shelve the $173 million boondoggle.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Madison Broadband Boondoggle Pronounced Dead

Analysis: Achievement Gaps Persist in Wisconsin’s Large School Districts

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 00:00
Analysis by Ola Lisowski - A massive data release from Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Tuesday showed mixed results for K-12 students across the state. On the Forward Exam, math, science, and social studies scores all rose slightly, yet remain dismal. Only 43.8 percent of students are currently proficient at math. English scores are worse, and trending in the wrong direction. Last year, proficiency was at 44.4 percent. This year, it is 42.4 percent.   Read More Analysis: Achievement Gaps Persist in Wisconsin’s Large School Districts

News And Views: Death Of A Broadband Boondoggle, Dems And Brett Kavanaugh

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 17:00
MacIver communications director Chris Rochester joins Oliver Burrows on WXCO to update listeners on the Madison broadband boondoggle, which died when a committee voted to not pursue it. Also, the Democrats abandon bedrock ideas of jurisprudence in order to smear and sink Brett Kavanaugh.  Read More News And Views: Death Of A Broadband Boondoggle, Dems And Brett Kavanaugh

Analyzing The Latest K-12 Test Score Data On The John Muir Show

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 15:47
MacIver education specialist Ola Lisowski breaks down the latest K-12 ACT and Forward Exam results on The John Muir Show on WTAQ, focusing on the schools in Green Bay, Appleton, and Oshkosh. The data reveals there's a lot of work to do in helping students achieve proficiency in key academic areas.  Read More Analyzing The Latest K-12 Test Score Data On The John Muir Show

There is No Case Against Brett Kavanaugh

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 00:00
Special Guest Perspective by Dan O'Donnell - Democrats believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. They believe Deborah Ramirez. They believe Julie Swetnick. Why? Because, they say, they believe women. Cloying as that may be as a bit of political posturing, it is utterly indefensible as a practical matter in determining the truth of the allegations asserted.  Read More There is No Case Against Brett Kavanaugh

Five Years Ago Today: John Doe Raids Wisconsin

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - On Oct. 3, 2013, the politically driven probe known as “John Doe II” exhibited the full force of prosecutorial abuse, exhibiting why this secret investigation marked one of the darkest chapters in Wisconsin history.   Read More Five Years Ago Today: John Doe Raids Wisconsin

MacIver News Minute: Push To Crack Down On Wedding Barns Reminds Steve Nagy Of What He Fled

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 12:12
Steve Nagy knows what it's like to witness private business get destroyed by government. A refugee from communist Hungary in the 1950s, he came to America to pursue the American Dream. But a new drive by politicians and special interests to suffocate small businesses like his is eerily familiar, Nagy said in a recent MacIver podcast conversation.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Push To Crack Down On Wedding Barns Reminds Steve Nagy Of What He Fled

Data Release: School Choice Students Outperform Peers on ACT

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 10:42
By Ola Lisowski - A new data release from Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction shows that 42.4 percent of 3rd to 8th grade students are proficient in English language arts, and 43.8 percent are proficient in math. Students improved in math by one percentage point over last year, when 42.8 percent were proficient. At the same time, they fared worse in English language arts. Last year, 44.4 percent of students were proficient on the same exam.  Read More Data Release: School Choice Students Outperform Peers on ACT

News And Views: Wedding Barn Crackdown and State Medicaid Schemes

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 13:42
MacIver investigative report Matt Kittle joins Oliver Burrows on WXCO in Wausau for their weekly update. This week they talk about efforts in the Legislature to crack down on the emerging wedding barn business, state-level "Medicaid maximization" schemes, and of course the Packers' shutout of the Buffalo Bills.  Read More News And Views: Wedding Barn Crackdown and State Medicaid Schemes

MacIver Newsmakers: For Steve Nagy, Wedding Barn Crackdown Is All Too Familiar

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 00:00
Steve Nagy fled communism in his native Hungary in the 1950s, right on the heels of the takeover of his family's foodservice businesses by communist thugs. Over the decades since, Nagy has worked hard to achieve the American Dream, opening and running a successful wedding barn business. But now, a legislative committee many believe is rigged in favor of established alcohol and hospitality industry interests is eyeing new regulations that threaten to make history repeat itself. Nagy shares his story on this week's MacIver podcast.  Read More MacIver Newsmakers: For Steve Nagy, Wedding Barn Crackdown Is All Too Familiar

Wedding Barn Crackdown Moves Forward In Legislature

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 13:51
MacIver's Matt Kittle joins The John Muir Show on WTAQ to discuss efforts in the state Capitol to tighten regulations on agriculture-themed event venues, commonly known as wedding barns. Advocates for the emerging industry say the process is rigged in favor of big, established interests like traditional taverns, supper clubs, and banquet halls and it's an effort to use regulations to strangle competition.  Read More Wedding Barn Crackdown Moves Forward In Legislature

Madison’s Costly Broadband-For-All Plan Declared Dead On Arrival

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle and Chris Rochester - Madison’s costly broadband-for-all dream has gone out “with a whimper and not with a bang.”  Read More Madison’s Costly Broadband-For-All Plan Declared Dead On Arrival

MacIver News Minute: Students And Families Save Big With Early College Credit

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 13:57
Thanks to early college credit programs, students and parents are able to save big bucks on college tuition - $60 million or more in total, according to an estimate by the MacIver Institute.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Students And Families Save Big With Early College Credit

Wedding Barns Could Take A Big Hit Under ‘Protectionist’ Proposal

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - Steve Nagy fled his native communist Hungary as a 12-year-old boy. He knows what oppression looks like. The "wedding barn" owner says it looks a lot like what a Wisconsin legislative committee is contemplating.   Read More Wedding Barns Could Take A Big Hit Under ‘Protectionist’ Proposal

The ‘Court of Credibility’ and the Democrats’ Assault on Due Process

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 00:00
Special Guest Perspective by Dan O'Donnell - The Kavanaugh accusations are evidence that the left is abandoning the basic tenets of our justice system. When the accused is a conservative, Democrats are all too willing to abandon western civilization’s most deeply held notions of jurisprudence in the name of political victory.  Read More The ‘Court of Credibility’ and the Democrats’ Assault on Due Process

How Will Tony Evers Pay For His Plan To Spend $1.4 Billion More On K-12 System?

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 13:20
MacIver research associate and education specialist Ola Lisowski joins Vicki McKenna on News/Talk 1310 WIBA to discuss Tony Evers' plans to increase K-12 funding by $1.4 billion. Evers announced the spending bonanza at his annual State Of Education speech, but in remarks to the media afterwards he refused to specify how he plans to come up with the money.  Read More How Will Tony Evers Pay For His Plan To Spend $1.4 Billion More On K-12 System?

MacIver News Minute: Kooyenga Will Keep Pushing For A Low, Flat Income Tax

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 12:11
The author of last year's proposal to put Wisconsin on a glide path to a flat income tax isn't giving up. Rep. Dale Kooyenga plans to keep pushing to make his vision of a 3.95 percent flat tax, first introduced during the 2017-19 budget debate, a reality. The plan is similar to the MacIver Institute's "Glide Path To A 3% Flat Tax" and promises to make Wisconsin even more competitive in the 21st century.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Kooyenga Will Keep Pushing For A Low, Flat Income Tax

Johnson Wants Oversight, Accountability On State-Led Medicaid Schemes

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson wants to know what government officials intend to do about what has been described as “almost limitless” Medicaid funding schemes employed by states, gimmicks that could be costing federal taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.   Read More Johnson Wants Oversight, Accountability On State-Led Medicaid Schemes

Tony Evers’ Tax Increase Ideas: Shifting ‘Priorities’ Or ‘Recipe For Economic Disaster’?

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - Tony Evers wants more money for government - a lot more. Just how Evers plans to fund it all remains a bit murky, but one thing is certain: Somebody would have to pay for the candidate’s government expansion plans.  Read More Tony Evers’ Tax Increase Ideas: Shifting ‘Priorities’ Or ‘Recipe For Economic Disaster’?

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