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News And Views: Where Did The Money From New London’s New Wheel Tax Go?

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 11:10
MacIver's Bill Osmulski joins Oliver Burrows on WXCO in Wausau to share his latest report that scours the City of New London's books for $184,000 in wheel tax revenue that was not spent on roads in the most recent budget. Instead, it looks like the wheel tax windfall was spent on other priorities.  Read More News And Views: Where Did The Money From New London’s New Wheel Tax Go?

Schimel Announces Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Has Been Resolved

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 11:07
MacIver investigative reporter Matt Kittle joins The Morning News With Matt & Earl to discuss his latest report exploring the complex and decades-old problem of a backlog of untested rape kits. The problem has persisted through the tenures of attorneys general of both parties. But current AG Brad Schimel earlier in the day announced the backlog had been cleared with the exception of just five kits.  Read More Schimel Announces Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Has Been Resolved

News And Views: Michael Haas, J Street, And Solving The Rape Kit Backlog

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 17:03
MacIver investigative reporter Matt Kittle joins Oliver Burrows on WXCO in Wausau for their weekly update. This week they discuss Michael Haas, the John Doe bureaucrat who refuses to leave his state job, the Washington D.C. group that backs ultra-liberal policies and lefty candidates in Wisconsin, and the decades-old problem of untested sexual assault kits in Wisconsin.  Read More News And Views: Michael Haas, J Street, And Solving The Rape Kit Backlog

Justice Officials: Schimel and DOJ Solving 20-Year Rape Kit Problem In 3 Years

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 09:10
By M.D. Kittle - The DOJ's Wisconsin Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (WiSAKI) is not just rectifying decades-old failures in rape kit testing, it's changing attitudes, ideas, an entire culture of how law enforcement officials deal with sexual assault survivors, officials say.  Read More Justice Officials: Schimel and DOJ Solving 20-Year Rape Kit Problem In 3 Years

Amid Obamacare Death Spiral, Liberals Suddenly Appreciate Corporate Welfare

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 08:30
Perspective by Chris Rochester - Foes of President Donald Trump and Gov. Scott Walker have suddenly noticed that Obamacare is a disaster for middle-class Americans who don’t get federal subsidies. And they’ve abandoned their usual answer to the problem, now bemoaning the very corporate welfare that Obamacare can’t live without.  Read More Amid Obamacare Death Spiral, Liberals Suddenly Appreciate Corporate Welfare

On Vicki McKenna: Latest Data Reveals Little Has Changed In K-12 Education

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 13:52
MacIver research associate Ola Lisowski joins Vicki McKenna on News/Talk 1310 WIBA to talk about her latest report on K-12 education in Wisconsin. In a nutshell, the concerns of the past - underperforming schools being swept under the rug and poor outcomes all around - are the concerns of the present as students head back to school.  Read More On Vicki McKenna: Latest Data Reveals Little Has Changed In K-12 Education

MacIver News Minute: Latest K-12 Data Shows Too Many Kids Aren’t Making The Grade

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 13:09
The MacIver Institute's annual State of K-12 Education report shows that there's still a lot of room for improvement in a wide range of student achievement metrics. Flat ACT scores, unacceptable achievement gaps, woeful proficiency scores, and more - we simply have to do better.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Latest K-12 Data Shows Too Many Kids Aren’t Making The Grade

MacIver Report Extra: A Conversation With Sen. Ron Johnson

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 10:40
Senator Ron Johnson takes a short break from the round-the-clock Washington news cycle for an exclusive conversation with MacIver's Matt Kittle. They discuss the Kavanaugh nomination hearings, the late Sen. John McCain, and the latest on the homeland security front.  Read More MacIver Report Extra: A Conversation With Sen. Ron Johnson

The MacIver Institute’s State of Higher Education: 2018 Edition

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 00:00
By Ola Lisowski - Today, students in the University of Wisconsin System head back into their lecture halls for another year of sifting and winnowing. Yesterday, we reviewed the state of K-12 education, and now it’s a good time to take a look at how students in Wisconsin’s universities and colleges are faring.   Read More The MacIver Institute’s State of Higher Education: 2018 Edition

Dan Kohl’s J Street A Feeder, Endorser Of Far Left Candidates And Causes

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - While J Street’s main focus is Middle East policy, the activist group congressional candidate Dan Kohl helped craft keeps company with politicians bent on breaking ICE and breaking the bank with costly socialist experiments like Medicare for All.  Read More Dan Kohl’s J Street A Feeder, Endorser Of Far Left Candidates And Causes

Mike Haas And The Wisconsin Deep State

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 13:49
MacIver investigative reporter Matt Kittle joins Vicki McKenna on News/Talk 1310 WIBA to discuss Mike Haas, former Elections Commission head and John Doe villain, who retains a job at his old agency despite having been effectively fired by the Senate for his role in the infamous John Doe probes. It's the Wisconsin deep state - and it's all very familiar to anyone watching what's going on in Washington.  Read More Mike Haas And The Wisconsin Deep State

News And Views: Kimberly-Clark Bailout and New London’s Wheel Tax Windfall

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 10:18
MacIver investigative reporter Matt Kittle joins Oliver Burrows on WXCO in Wausau for their weekly roundup of the week's news. Up this week is the proposed Kimberly-Clark bailout that some company employees oppose and New London's wheel tax that isn't being used to fund road work.  Read More News And Views: Kimberly-Clark Bailout and New London’s Wheel Tax Windfall

Former Elections Chief Hanging Around Six Months After Stepping Down

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - In late February, following a bruising confirmation battle in the state Senate, Wisconsin Elections Commission chief Michael Haas offered the bureaucrat’s version of Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s “Old Soldiers” speech.  Read More Former Elections Chief Hanging Around Six Months After Stepping Down

MacIver News Minute: Kimberly-Clark Employees Blast Corporate Welfare

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 13:01
Not all employees at Kimberly-Clark's Wisconsin plants are excited about a proposal to bail out the struggling paper manufacturer. One company insider blasted the $117 million tax incentives plan as "legalized extortion" to prop up a profitable operation and make every company employee in the state a "welfare recipient."  Read More MacIver News Minute: Kimberly-Clark Employees Blast Corporate Welfare

The MacIver Institute’s State of K-12 Education: 2018 Edition

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 00:00
It’s the first day of school for most kids across the state, which means it is time for MacIver’s annual look at the state of education in Wisconsin and how our children are faring. Much of this data - especially that on remedial education - is information you won’t see elsewhere. We believe that in order to make real progress on the state of education, you simply can’t sugarcoat the tough issues. Let’s dive in.  Read More The MacIver Institute’s State of K-12 Education: 2018 Edition

What Did New London Spend Its Wheel Tax Money On? Because It Wasn’t Roads.

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 00:00
Add everything together and you end up with a combined $162,500 cut to public works in the operating and capital budgets, while the city collects an extra $184,000 from a wheel tax. Where did that money go?  Read More What Did New London Spend Its Wheel Tax Money On? Because It Wasn’t Roads.

MacIver Report Extra: Celebrating Worker Freedom on Labor Day

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 00:00
Mark Mix, President of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, joins MacIver's Matt Kittle to talk about the status of worker freedom on Labor Day. It's an exciting time for workers who want freedom from unions and compulsory union membership - Mix gives us an update on recent victories and ongoing challenges for worker freedom.  Read More MacIver Report Extra: Celebrating Worker Freedom on Labor Day

2018 MacIver Annual Price Check: Common Back-to-School Items Are 14-146% More Expensive In Wisconsin

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 00:00
By Chris Rochester - Wisconsinites hunting for back-to-school deals are out of luck for yet another year thanks to the state’s minimum markup law, which outlaws sale prices that are too low.  Read More 2018 MacIver Annual Price Check: Common Back-to-School Items Are 14-146% More Expensive In Wisconsin

“Legalized Extortion” – Kimberly-Clark Company Insider Opposes Bailout

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 16:15
MacIver's Matt Kittle joins Vicki McKenna and surprise guest Senator Ron Johnson to discuss the proposed Kimberly-Clark bailout. Some of the company's employees oppose the proposal, including one company insider who compared the bailout to "legalized extortion" and said taxpayers shouldn't be on the hook for propping up the profitable paper product manufacturing plants.  Read More “Legalized Extortion” – Kimberly-Clark Company Insider Opposes Bailout

MacIver News Minute: How School Districts Use Act 10 to Save Billions on Health Insurance

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 14:36
Free from the fetters of union driven health plans thanks to Act 10, school districts have turned to innovative and cost-saving health insurance options for their employees. Changes made possible by Gov. Walker's signature reform have allowed school districts to save $3.2 billion in benefits costs alone - much of that on health benefits.  Read More MacIver News Minute: How School Districts Use Act 10 to Save Billions on Health Insurance

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