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An Optimistic Milwaukee Puts Its Faith In A Deadbeat DNC

Wed, 03/13/2019 - 00:00
While Milwaukee celebrates landing the 2020 Democratic National Convention, Dan O’Donnell urges some caution given the Democrats’ history unpaid debts and fiscal mismanagement  Read More An Optimistic Milwaukee Puts Its Faith In A Deadbeat DNC

MacIver News Minute: To Government Officials Everywhere: Let The Sunshine In

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 17:07
"Let the Sunshine In.” That’s the message we at the MacIver Institute send to all government officials this Sunshine Week. Sunshine Week is an annual nationwide celebration of access to public information. News organizations shine the spotlight on the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to open government - or lack thereof. It’s a bipartisan issue — that is Democrats and Republicans have often failed.  Read More MacIver News Minute: To Government Officials Everywhere: Let The Sunshine In

MacIver NewsMakers Podcast: Sen. Duey Stroebel On Evers’ Surprising Budget Plan

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 00:00
Governor Tony Evers tries to be everything to everyone, including every special interest that asked for a goodie in his 2019-21 biennial budget. Senator Duey Stroebel joined MacIver Newsmakers for this week's podcast focusing on the state budget.  Read More MacIver NewsMakers Podcast: Sen. Duey Stroebel On Evers’ Surprising Budget Plan

Fewer Than Half Of New Taxes and Fees Go To More Road Spending In Evers’ DOT Budget

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 00:00
By Bill Osmulski - At the end of the day, Evers can only claim he is adding $294.1 million to local and state road improvements, while increasing taxes and fees by $600 million. His critics could add that without bonding, Evers would only be increasing total road spending by $69 million.  Read More Fewer Than Half Of New Taxes and Fees Go To More Road Spending In Evers’ DOT Budget

In Case You Missed It: Governor Evers’ Budget, Strong Labor Market, and a Slowing Global Economy

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 12:21
March 8, 2019 | In case you missed it, here are four important stories fiscal conservatives may have missed this week.  Read More In Case You Missed It: Governor Evers’ Budget, Strong Labor Market, and a Slowing Global Economy

MacIver Newsmakers: Sen. Dale Kooyenga Discusses ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ Of State Budgets

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 23:00
By M.D. Kittle - Gov. Tony Evers's massive $83.5 million budget is like the Oprah Winfrey Show of spending plans, says state Sen. Dale Kooyenga.  Read More MacIver Newsmakers: Sen. Dale Kooyenga Discusses ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ Of State Budgets

Evers Pitches $2.5 Billion In Building Project Borrowing

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 23:00
By M.D. Kittle -- MADISON, Wis. — One week after Gov. Tony Evers unveiled his hefty $83.5 billion biennial budget proposal, the Democrat announced his recommendations for some $2.52 billion in state capital improvement projects for the next two years   Read More Evers Pitches $2.5 Billion In Building Project Borrowing

MacIver News Minute: Will DOT Face Consequences For Flouting Accountability Law?

Wed, 03/06/2019 - 23:00
Apparently there are no consequences for the Department of Transportation, which has failed to comply with several accountability provisions in a state law, as MacIver News first reported. The codes were drawn from Legislative Audit Bureau recommendations following a bombshell report in 2017 that found all manner of waste and accountability issues at the troubled DOT.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Will DOT Face Consequences For Flouting Accountability Law?

Disadvantaged and Minority Students the Biggest Losers in Evers’ Budget

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 23:00
Dan O’Donnell examines the impact of Governor Evers’ budget on Wisconsin’s landmark school choice program.  Read More Disadvantaged and Minority Students the Biggest Losers in Evers’ Budget

Big Labor Wins Big In Evers Budget

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 23:00
By M.D. Kittle -- Gov. Tony Evers likes to call his $83.5 billion, two-year spending plan the “people’s budget.” It looks more like the Big Labor budget, with lots of political payback for big-spending unions that helped get the Democrat elected.   Read More Big Labor Wins Big In Evers Budget

MacIver News Minute: The Evers Budget – Liberal Wish List, Nightmare For The Wisconsin Taxpayer

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 10:34
Do you like big budgets and you cannot lie? Well then, Gov. Tony Evers has the budget for you. The Democrat’s $83.5 billion budget increases spending a whopping $7 billion to pursue a litany of liberal initiatives. Evers wants to expand Medicaid, wants $1.6 billion more for K-12 education, $600 million-plus more for transportation. His budget rolls back Walker era welfare and workplace freedom reforms, opens the door to legalized marijuana and grants driver’s licenses and IDs for illegal immigrants.  Read More MacIver News Minute: The Evers Budget – Liberal Wish List, Nightmare For The Wisconsin Taxpayer

Analysis: What You Need to Know About Gov. Tony Evers’ First Biennial Budget

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 22:06
A MacIver Institute Analysis - Gov. Tony Evers introduced his 2019-21 biennial budget proposal Thursday night. The sweeping document would spend $83.5 billion over two years, at least $7 billion more than former Gov. Scott Walker’s last budget.  Read More Analysis: What You Need to Know About Gov. Tony Evers’ First Biennial Budget

In Case You Missed It: Cabinet Secretary Pay Increases, Farm Debt, and Wisconsin Economic Growth

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 14:47
March 1, 2019 | In case you missed it, here are five important stories fiscal conservatives may have missed this week.  Read More In Case You Missed It: Cabinet Secretary Pay Increases, Farm Debt, and Wisconsin Economic Growth

Evers’ $83.5 Billion Budget Grows Government, Raises Taxes

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 01:38
By M.D. Kittle - Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday rolled out his first budget proposal, a hefty two-year plan that increases spending a whopping $7 billion and dramatically expands the size and scope of Wisconsin’s government to pursue a litany of liberal initiatives.   Read More Evers’ $83.5 Billion Budget Grows Government, Raises Taxes

MacIver Responds To Reporters Being Barred From Evers Budget Briefing

Fri, 03/01/2019 - 00:06
Earlier today, two reporters from the MacIver News Service (MNS) attempted to attend a state budget press briefing put on by the Evers Administration in the Capitol.   Read More MacIver Responds To Reporters Being Barred From Evers Budget Briefing

MacIver Newsmakers: Speaker Robin Vos Reacts To Evers’ Budget Plan

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 22:09
By M.D. Kittle -- Gov. Tony Evers’ first budget proposal is a big “liberal wish list,” according to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester).   Read More MacIver Newsmakers: Speaker Robin Vos Reacts To Evers’ Budget Plan

Evers’ Team Bars MacIver From Attending Press Budget Briefing

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 15:27
By M.D. Kittle - Gov. Tony Evers likes to talk a lot about transparency and accountability. But it appears the governor is suffering from selective transparency and accountability.   Read More Evers’ Team Bars MacIver From Attending Press Budget Briefing

MacIver News Minute: Tomah VA Sued For Public Records Over Pharmacy Meltdown

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 10:41
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Such is the case at the Tomah VA Medical Center. After earning the derisive nickname "Candy Land" for its deadly over-prescribing of opioid painkillers, the facility is still in hot water. The Cause of Action Institute has filed a federal lawsuit demanding that the VA release important records. The lawsuit comes more than a year after MacIver News Service’s investigation into reports of a temperature surge at the center’s outpatient pharmacy. The VA has been dragging its feet for months after denying access to critical information. Just like it did in the Candy Land days.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Tomah VA Sued For Public Records Over Pharmacy Meltdown

Audit Bureau: DOT Still Not Complying With The Law

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 23:00
By M.D. Kittle - The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has failed to comply with several provisions in a state law written in the aftermath of a bombshell audit of a troubled government agency that wasted billions of taxpayer money.   Read More Audit Bureau: DOT Still Not Complying With The Law

Our Wisconsin: Budget

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 23:00
By Ola Lisowski - Tonight, Gov. Tony Evers will introduce his first biennial budget. For a new Governor, it’s the first real opportunity to lay out a plan for the state, and to display priorities.   Read More Our Wisconsin: Budget

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