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The MacIver Report: Wisconsin This Week – Tax Reform, Trolls, Hemp, and Born-Again Deficit Hawks

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:32
While Mike Flynn and the FBI trumped all in the past week's media coverage, the once-in-a-generation tax overhaul effort continued to crawl toward the finish line when it passed the Senate early Saturday. Team MacIver talks about that, tort reform, winners and losers of the week, the latest Detroit football failure, and unhinged Twitter trolls (and much more) in this week's MacIver Report.  Read More The MacIver Report: Wisconsin This Week – Tax Reform, Trolls, Hemp, and Born-Again Deficit Hawks

MacIver News Minute: Small Business Owners Push For Tax Overhaul

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 11:07
Keith Smith knows why tax reform is critical to the economy. A small business owner who recently moved his operation to Wisconsin from Illinois, Smith was one of more than 100 business owners who went to Washington to push for tax reform last week. Smith will use tax savings to accelerate his company's $8 million expansion.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Small Business Owners Push For Tax Overhaul

FSET Workers Getting $15.90/Hour In Some Parts of Wisconsin

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 23:00
By Bill Osmulski - After two and a half years, Wisconsin’s FoodShare Employment and Training Program (FSET) continues to prove its effectiveness in shepherding adults off public benefits and into productive careers.  Read More FSET Workers Getting $15.90/Hour In Some Parts of Wisconsin

After My Family’s 15 Year Battle, Property Rights in Wisconsin Have Been Restored

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 23:00
By Donna Murr - Did you know that if someone owns adjacent properties, government can merge them without the owner’s permission or consent? Neither did I, until I experienced it for myself.  Read More After My Family’s 15 Year Battle, Property Rights in Wisconsin Have Been Restored

Celebrating 100 Years of Communism in Milwaukee

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 10:36
By Bill Osmulski - Although the Communist Revolution resulted in untold human misery and the deaths of a 100 million people over the past century, for the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) in Milwaukee this weekend, it’s a cause for celebration.  Read More Celebrating 100 Years of Communism in Milwaukee

Wisconsin Small Business Leaders Urge Johnson To Vote For Tax Reform

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 23:51
By M.D. Kittle - The tax reform package is what brought about Wisconsin small business owners to the nation's capital Thursday to urge U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson to vote for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, when - or if - it hits the Senate floor.   Read More Wisconsin Small Business Leaders Urge Johnson To Vote For Tax Reform

Tort Reform Package Looks To Streamline Expensive Legal Process

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 17:17
By M.D. Kittle - Legislation aimed at driving down litigation costs for small and large businesses - and taxpayers, too - is making the rounds in the Legislature.  Read More Tort Reform Package Looks To Streamline Expensive Legal Process

Professor Sabina Burton’s Last Stand

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 23:00
By M.D. Kittle - University of Wisconsin-Platteville whistleblower Sabina Burton will have one more opportunity to argue for her job, going up against what the exiled Criminal Justice professor describes as a tainted process led by a “kangaroo court.”   Read More Professor Sabina Burton’s Last Stand

News And Views: Were You An Accomplice to Black Friday Low-Price Crime Spree?

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 17:05
MacIver Investigative Reporter Matt Kittle joins Oliver Burrows on WXCO in Wausau for his weekly discussion of Wisconsin news and politics. Up this week - the antiquated minimum markup law.  Read More News And Views: Were You An Accomplice to Black Friday Low-Price Crime Spree?

News And Views: Talking K-12 Report Cards on WXCO in Wausau

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 17:01
MacIver education analyst Ola Lisowski joins Oliver Burrows on WXCO in Wausau to talk turkey about Wisconsin's K-12 report cards and offer insight into local schools' results.  Read More News And Views: Talking K-12 Report Cards on WXCO in Wausau

School Report Cards Magic Trick: No Failing School Districts!

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 12:45
Over in bureaucrat-world, 66 percent is a passing grade. That's the kind of magic trick that lets DPI bureaucrats say there are no failing school districts in Wisconsin. In fact, all schools get at least one gold star even if they're failing to meet expectations. MacIver education analyst Ola Lisowski discusses this and more on the Vicki McKenna Show on WISN in Milwaukee.  Read More School Report Cards Magic Trick: No Failing School Districts!

Bureaucrats Move Goalposts to Paint Rosy K-12 Picture

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 12:44
MacIver's education expert joins the Vicki McKenna Show on WIBA in Madison to talk about new K-12 report card data and the normative scoring approach that DPI bureaucrats use to rank schools - which means which schools are deemed successful is open to question.  Read More Bureaucrats Move Goalposts to Paint Rosy K-12 Picture

Report Cards Are In – Ola Lisowski Talks K-12 Results on the Jerry Bader Show

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 12:42
MacIver education analyst Ola Lisowski joins the Jerry Bader Show to discuss the state's recently released K-12 report cards. All schools get a gold star this year - even the ones that are failing to meet expectations, including some underperforming schools in Green Bay.  Read More Report Cards Are In – Ola Lisowski Talks K-12 Results on the Jerry Bader Show

MacIver News Minute: DPI’s Magic Trick Makes Failure Look Like Success

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 08:55
Thanks to bureaucratic sleight of hand, the state Department of Public Instruction uses "magic" tricks to make some public K-12 schools' failure look like success.  Read More MacIver News Minute: DPI’s Magic Trick Makes Failure Look Like Success

Heritage Foundation: Tax Savings Breakdown

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 23:06
The Heritage Foundation hopes to clear up some misperceptions of the federal tax reform bill currently under construction in the Senate this week. It's released a series of infographics that illustrate how families of different incomes and employment would make out under the reforms. The charts help show that most individual income tax payers, especially lower and middle income families, will see significant savings if the bills make it through congress. This week is seen as a critical moment in the chances of that happening.  Read More Heritage Foundation: Tax Savings Breakdown

The Faulty, Fuzzy Math Of Tax Reform, Foxconn Critics

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 23:00
By M.D. Kittle - Critics of a Republican tax reform package winding its way through congress are employing fuzzy math - again - in an attempt to tear down the first rewrite of the tax code in more than 30 years.   Read More The Faulty, Fuzzy Math Of Tax Reform, Foxconn Critics

The MacIver Report: Wisconsin This Week – Food Coma Edition

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 15:42
Team MacIver survived their Thanksgiving food comas and run-ins with the Black Friday mobs and Price Police to bring you the third episode of the MacIver Report. The team talks about minimum markup, takes a deeper dive into K-12 report cards, and of course - tax reform - and so much more! Don't miss the MacIver Report, new every Tuesday!  Read More The MacIver Report: Wisconsin This Week – Food Coma Edition

Why Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson Should Vote Yes on Tax Reform

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 12:15
By Patrick Gleason - Simply put, there is no reason to oppose this bill because taxes aren't reduced enough. However, a No vote from Senator Johnson would mean there is no tax relief at all and no fixing of the major flaws in the federal tax code that President Trump has accurately described as a giant self-inflicted wound on the U.S. economy. Failure to pass the Senate bill would be a disaster for employers of all sizes and for the American economy as a whole.  Read More Why Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson Should Vote Yes on Tax Reform

Tax Reform Could Face Senate Votes This Week

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 11:57
The fate of the federal tax reform bill is hanging in the balance as the Senate considers taking up committee and floor votes this week. Last month, House Speaker Paul Ryan was in Darien laying out what's at stake. Here's the report we ran at that time.  Read More Tax Reform Could Face Senate Votes This Week

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