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Fact Checking Education Funding Rhetoric On The Vicki McKenna Show

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 16:02
MacIver Research Director Ola Lisowski joins the Vicki McKenna Show on News/Talk 1310 WIBA to discuss her latest fact check on K-12 education funding in Wisconsin. Many claims about funding levels and cuts are flying around during this white-hot election - MacIver injects some facts into the conversation.  Read More Fact Checking Education Funding Rhetoric On The Vicki McKenna Show

On The Steve Scaffidi Show: K-12 Educrats Gather To Be Schooled On “White Supremacy” At DPI Lecture

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 14:18
MacIver Investigative Reporter Matt Kittle joins Steve Scaffidi on WTMJ radio in Milwaukee to discuss his report on a recent conference sponsored by the state Department of Public Instruction where education leaders from around the state gathered to hear a politically charged lecture on "white supremacy."  Read More On The Steve Scaffidi Show: K-12 Educrats Gather To Be Schooled On “White Supremacy” At DPI Lecture

The Truth About Education Spending in Wisconsin

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 00:00
By Ola Lisowski - State spending on school aids has become a major debate across Wisconsin. Many facets of the issue have entered the complicated conversation—including how much money districts receive, how they spend it, and whether the funding formula itself should be changed.  Read More The Truth About Education Spending in Wisconsin

Rhetorical Questions

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 00:00
Special Guest Perspective by Dan O'Donnell - Our response to tragedy has over the past decade or so become sadly predictable: Watch the events unfold, tweet half-hearted concern for those affected, and then, before the dead are even identified, search for something, anything about the tragedy to use as a political bludgeon.  Read More Rhetorical Questions

Absentee Ballots Lag Well Behind 2016 Numbers

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 16:38
By Abby Streu - Absentee voting has surged in recent weeks, but vote counts are nowhere near where they were in 2016’s presidential contest, according to the latest data from the Wisconsin Elections Commission.  Read More Absentee Ballots Lag Well Behind 2016 Numbers

News And Views: Paid “Fight For 15” Protesters And Cozy Contractor, School Relationships

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 15:05
MacIver Communications Director Chris Rochester joins Oliver Burrows on WXCO in Wausau to discuss the organized minimum wage protesters at Friday's gubernatorial debate and the cozy relationships between contractors and school districts that grease the skids for passing large spending measures.  Read More News And Views: Paid “Fight For 15” Protesters And Cozy Contractor, School Relationships

MacIver News Minute: Ed Leaders Lectured About “White Privilege” At DPI-Sponsored Conference

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 14:51
If you're white, you're probably a racist. If you disagree, you're probably suffering from "white fragility." At least that’s what Decoteau J. Irby, Ph.D., believes is at the center of race relations and failed or stalled educational systems in America. At a recent conference sponsored by the state Department of Public Instruction, education leaders from around Wisconsin gathered to hear Dr. Irby's politically charged lecture on "white supremacy," bankrolled by taxpayers.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Ed Leaders Lectured About “White Privilege” At DPI-Sponsored Conference

‘Fight for $15’ Professional Protesters Turn Out For Gubernatorial Debate

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 13:34
By M.D. Kittle - Perhaps playing to the “Fight for $15” protesters that had gathered outside the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Helene Zelazo Center hours before Friday evening’s gubernatorial debate, Tony Evers doubled down on his mostly empty pledge to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.   Read More ‘Fight for $15’ Professional Protesters Turn Out For Gubernatorial Debate

News And Views: The Disastrous “Fight For 15,” And DPI Sponsors White Privilege Conference

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 12:04
MacIver investigative reporter Matt Kittle joins Oliver Burrows on WXCO in Wausau to discuss the news of the week. Tony Evers pledged last week to raise the state's minimum wage to at least $15/hr, a looming disaster for the state's economy. And the state Department of Public Instruction sponsored a white privilege conference featuring politically charged rhetoric.  Read More News And Views: The Disastrous “Fight For 15,” And DPI Sponsors White Privilege Conference

Progressives Court Disaster With $15 Minimum, ‘Living Wage’

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 12:21
By M.D. Kittle - Tony Evers played to his liberal base at a campaign stop earlier this week in Milwaukee, telling supporters that if he is elected governor, Wisconsin would go to a “$15 an hour minimum (wage). Minimum.” That’s the kind of rhetoric that riles up progressives on the campaign trail, but it’s the kind of policy that can decimate economies - and hurt the very people it’s trying to help.   Read More Progressives Court Disaster With $15 Minimum, ‘Living Wage’

On The John Muir Show: Healy Discusses Latest In Upcoming Midterms

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 15:56
MacIver Institute President Brett Healy joins John Muir on WTAQ in Green Bay to discuss the latest developments on the road to the November midterm elections, including a flurry of high-profile visits by political figures on both sides.  Read More On The John Muir Show: Healy Discusses Latest In Upcoming Midterms

Educrats Gather To Be Lectured On White Privilege At DPI-Sponsored Confab

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 15:54
MacIver investigative reporter Matt Kittle joins Vicki McKenna on News/Talk 1310 WIBA to discuss his report on a recent conference sponsored by the state Department of Public Instruction where education leaders from around the state gathered to hear a politically charged lecture on "white supremacy."  Read More Educrats Gather To Be Lectured On White Privilege At DPI-Sponsored Confab

MacIver News Minute: School Districts Mask True Tax Impact Of Spending Sprees

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 11:46
Here's the treat: homeowners in school districts around the state are in line to get serious property tax relief. But the trick is that the school districts want to keep that from happening, instead proposing significant new spending while claiming it won't have much of an impact on taxes. Conveniently overlooked, however, is how much taxes would drop absent the spending sprees.  Read More MacIver News Minute: School Districts Mask True Tax Impact Of Spending Sprees

DPI Conference Pushes ‘White Privilege’ Mantra, At Taxpayer Expense

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - Wisconsin taxpayers are again picking up the tab for another public education event, at least in part, pushing the concept of "white privilege" with another education expert declaring just how intolerant - and intolerable - white people are.   Read More DPI Conference Pushes ‘White Privilege’ Mantra, At Taxpayer Expense

On The John Muir Show: Evers’ $15 Minimum Wage Would Be A Job Killer

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 13:09
MacIver communications director Chris Rochester joins John Muir on WTAQ in Green Bay to talk about Tony Evers' pledge to take Wisconsin to a $15/hr minimum wage, at a "minimum." That's what he told a crowd at a Bernie Sanders rally on Monday. Such a mandated wage hike would be a job and economy killer, especially for those just climbing onto the economic ladder.  Read More On The John Muir Show: Evers’ $15 Minimum Wage Would Be A Job Killer

Why Plagiarism Matters

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 09:19
Special Guest Perspective by Dan O'Donnell - The jokes about Evers’ serial plagiarism write themselves, but they—along with the speed at which the media buried the story—belie a far more serious truth: That plagiarism of this magnitude reveals far more about character and fitness for public office than most might assume.  Read More Why Plagiarism Matters

MacIver News Minute: Was Cedarburg’s School Referendum Campaign Rigged?

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 13:09
With a $60 million referendum on the line, is the Cedarburg School District pro-referendum crowd stacking the deck? Documents obtained by MacIver News suggest the answer is yes. While a community survey showed 60 percent support for the spending spree, the survey appears to have been rigged to boost responses from district staff and parents, who got an email link to the survey while everyone else only got a paper version.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Was Cedarburg’s School Referendum Campaign Rigged?

Evers Pledges $15 Minimum Wage, Or Higher

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 17:37
Tony Evers stole Bernie Sanders' socialist spotlight in Milwaukee on Monday when he told supporters that when it comes to the minimum wage “we’re going to $15 an hour minimum. Minimum.”  Read More Evers Pledges $15 Minimum Wage, Or Higher

News And Views: Evers’ PFA Investments, Plagiarism, And Rigged Cedarburg Referendum

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 13:12
MacIver investigative reporter Matt Kittle joins Oliver Burrows on WXCO in Wausau to discuss the news of the week. Tony Evers has investments in the shadowy, quasi-public bond agency called the Public Finance Authority; Evers is buffeted by a plagiarism scandal; and a community "survey" done by pro-referendum pushers in Cedarburg appears to have been rigged from the get-go.  Read More News And Views: Evers’ PFA Investments, Plagiarism, And Rigged Cedarburg Referendum

Referendum Rush Raises Concerns About Cozy Contractor, School Relationships

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 11:20
By M.D. Kittle - State Sen. Duey Stroebel, a vocal critic of the rising tide of school referenda and what he asserts are the cozy relationships they have created between districts and builders, recently took aim at the Association of General Contractors' claims to the contrary.   Read More Referendum Rush Raises Concerns About Cozy Contractor, School Relationships

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