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How Wisconsin Fully Funded Its Retirement System

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 09:39
Special Guest Perspective by Kerri Seifert - As many state pension plans struggle with severe underfunding, the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) stands out with a funded ratio above 100 percent. This can be attributed to pragmatic efforts and plan flexibility, nontraditional aspects that ultimately enabled the system to swiftly regain full funding after past market declines.  Read More How Wisconsin Fully Funded Its Retirement System

Progressives Unveil Vision To Radically Transform U.S. Government

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 01:07
MacIver News - Indivisible suggests that means giving immigrants and convicts voting rights, expanding the US Supreme Court, giving Washington DC and Puerto Rico statehood, and providing government funding to local media. The group counts the Democrat Party of Wisconsin as one of its Wisconsin affiliates in its online directory.  Read More Progressives Unveil Vision To Radically Transform U.S. Government

Evers Administration Faces ‘Huge Possibility’ Of Legal Action On ‘Draconian’ Groundwater Regs

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 12:37
By M.D. Kittle - It looks like the Evers administration could be facing future litigation for its recent rollout of environmental standards that critics say would be the most stringent in the world.   Read More Evers Administration Faces ‘Huge Possibility’ Of Legal Action On ‘Draconian’ Groundwater Regs

In Case You Missed It: Welfare Analysis, Minimum Wage Increases, and Decline in Wisconsin Exports

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 10:20
This week, we’ve got an analysis of welfare policies, a look into minimum wage increases, and a decline in Wisconsin exports. Before you spend another beautiful weekend on the lake, or grilling out, here are important stories for the fiscal conservative, in case you missed it.   Read More In Case You Missed It: Welfare Analysis, Minimum Wage Increases, and Decline in Wisconsin Exports

MacIver Exclusive: Evers Packs Payroll Fraud Task Force With Big Labor Allies

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle -- Titanic” didn’t need a spoiler alert. And it doesn’t take a genius to see where Gov. Tony Evers’ Joint Task Force on Payroll Fraud and Worker Misclassification — loaded down with Big Labor representatives — appears to be heading.   Read More MacIver Exclusive: Evers Packs Payroll Fraud Task Force With Big Labor Allies

The Road Less Traveled By

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 00:00
Governor Evers has used his line-item veto to nix millions in road funding for the Milwaukee streetcar. Dan O'Donnell argues that Democrats and Republicans must unite to override this ridiculous waste of money.  Read More The Road Less Traveled By

MacIver News Minute: Gov. Evers’ Local Roads Bait-and-Switch

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 16:01
During budget deliberations, Gov. Tony Evers urged Republicans in the Legislature to "fix the damn roads," as the governor's salty slogan went. The GOP obliged, adding tens of millions in assistance for local road repair projects. But last week, DOT Secretary Craig Thompson said the funding would go toward a competitive grant program, which could go toward Milwaukee's boondoggle trolley.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Gov. Evers’ Local Roads Bait-and-Switch

The Consequences Of Artificial Wage Growth

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 01:09
July 22, 2019 By David Strobach Last week, the House of Representatives passed a $15 an hour minimum wage with the “Raise The Wage Act.” It would more than double the current minimum of $7.25 an hour. This policy disregards simple economics, is filled with negative unintended consequences, and hurts the very people that it …

MacIver Newsmakers Podcast: Sen. David Craig On Reining In Governor’s Veto Power

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 00:00
After Gov. Tony Evers used his power veto pen to add $87 million in education spending to the 2019-21 budget, Sen. David Craig and Rep. Mike Kuglitsch aimed to put a stop to the veto magic trick Evers used. Craig sits down with MacIver to discuss the budget, the veto, and his proposed amendment to the state constitution on this edition of the MacIver Newsmakers podcast.  Read More MacIver Newsmakers Podcast: Sen. David Craig On Reining In Governor’s Veto Power

“Fix The Damn Roads” After Evers’ Other Priorities

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 20:56
Special funding the legislature set aside to “fix the damn roads,” could now go to bike paths, buses, and the Milwaukee streetcar thanks to Gov. Evers’ veto pen and shifting priorities. Lobbyists from the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and the Wisconsin Towns Association gave their seal of approval on Thursday.  Read More “Fix The Damn Roads” After Evers’ Other Priorities

ICYMI: Complete Budget Analysis, Evers Pushing Costly Environmental Regulations, And The US Consumer Spends Strongly

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 11:01
As we dive into the heart of the summer, nothing slowed down in the news across the state and country. Over the past week MacIver released its complete analysis of the state budget and a breakdown of how Gov. Evers increased spending through his veto pen; the Governor is trying to push through extensive PFA regulations that would destroy businesses; and consumers keep the economy alive.   Read More ICYMI: Complete Budget Analysis, Evers Pushing Costly Environmental Regulations, And The US Consumer Spends Strongly

Americans Should Be Wary of Embracing Socialist-Style Price Controls

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 00:00
Perspective by Chris Rochester - President Trump has made reducing the price of prescription drugs a cornerstone of his presidency, and that effort continues largely under the radar in Washington. It’s a worthwhile effort, but Trump and Congress should be wary of embracing the type of inhumane, socialist-style price controls adopted in other countries.  Read More Americans Should Be Wary of Embracing Socialist-Style Price Controls

Local Roads And So Much More: Evers Just Might Have Some Money For Tom’s Trolley After All

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 22:25
By M.D. Kittle -- It looks like Gov. Tony Evers will have to change his feisty slogan from “Fix the Damn Roads” to “Fix the Damn Roads … and Spend More Money On Transit  …and Harbors … and Maybe Even Milwaukee’s Boondoggle Streetcar.”  Read More Local Roads And So Much More: Evers Just Might Have Some Money For Tom’s Trolley After All

Evers Administration Unveils Stringent And Costly Environmental Regs With 1 Day To Comment

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - With scant public input, Gov. Tony Evers’ administration has just crafted some of the most draconian environmental standards in the world.   Read More Evers Administration Unveils Stringent And Costly Environmental Regs With 1 Day To Comment

MacIver News Minute: Hey Alexa, Find Me An Illegal Deal!

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 17:14
This week started with Amazon Prime Day, the online retail giant’s annual day of discounts. But those unbelievable deals are illegal in Wisconsin, thanks to the state’s antiquated Minimum Markup law, a relic of the Great Depression, when the Amazon was just a river. The law effectively outlaws low prices in the name of protecting “mom and pop” shops. In reality, it’s an anti-free market enemy of consumers that forces Wisconsinites to pay higher prices on everything from prescription drugs to gasoline.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Hey Alexa, Find Me An Illegal Deal!

Medicaid Expansion Talking Points Versus Statistics

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 08:06
Video - Democrats from Milwaukee talked about some serious public health problems in Wisconsin during the recent budget debates that truly need to be addressed. However, they didn’t bring up those problems to look for real solutions. They simply wanted Republicans to expand Medicaid – even though data from the CDC says it wouldn’t necessarily do anything to solve those problems.  Read More Medicaid Expansion Talking Points Versus Statistics

Evers Literally Inventing New Ways to Spend Money

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 08:02
By Dan O'Donnell - To say that Governor Evers is inventing new ways to spend money isn’t just a figure of speech anymore.  In the most ludicrous expansion of line-item veto power in recent memory, he circumvented longstanding constitutional norms and $86 million in K-12 education spending to Wisconsin’s biennial budget.  Read More Evers Literally Inventing New Ways to Spend Money

How Evers Vetoed A Spending Increase Into The Budget

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 01:20
He shouldn't have been able to do that, according to how most people understand the Wisconsin governor's veto authority.  Read More How Evers Vetoed A Spending Increase Into The Budget

COMPLETE ANALYSIS: The 2019-21 Wisconsin State Budget

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 01:23
A MacIver Institute Analysis - The 2019-21 Wisconsin state budget is now law. What's in the document? Read our full analysis here, with in-depth subsections for important issue areas.  Read More COMPLETE ANALYSIS: The 2019-21 Wisconsin State Budget

Car Buyers Face Fewer Choices, Higher Prices Unless Trump Reforms CAFE Mandate

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 10:46
MacIver News - If unchanged, the ultimate impact of these policies will be higher vehicle prices and fewer choices for consumers. The Heritage Foundation estimates a new car in 2025 will cost at least $7,500 more if the Trump Administration does not reform the mandate.  Read More Car Buyers Face Fewer Choices, Higher Prices Unless Trump Reforms CAFE Mandate

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