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Wisconsin Supreme Court Ruling Big Win For GOP-Led Legislature, Rebuke Of Evers’ Political Haste

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 20:50
By M.D. Kittle - In a significant victory for the Republican-controlled Legislature, and a rebuke of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ swift political purge, the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the reinstatement of more than a dozen public servants confirmed during December’s controversial extraordinary legislative session.   Read More Wisconsin Supreme Court Ruling Big Win For GOP-Led Legislature, Rebuke Of Evers’ Political Haste

MacIver News Minute: Medicaid Expansionists Ignore Low-Cost, Subsidized Insurance Already Available

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 13:36
18 cents a month. That’s how little some low-income individuals are paying for insurance premiums on the health insurance exchanges. You won’t hear that from the Medicaid expansionists, who will tell you Wisconsin needs to take a boatload of federal money to ensure affordable health insurance. Affordable coverage is already available thanks to taxpayers, and that's an inconvenient truth for Medicaid expansionists.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Medicaid Expansionists Ignore Low-Cost, Subsidized Insurance Already Available

Low Wage Health Care Workers Have Little To Gain in Medicaid Expansion

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 00:00
As Wisconsin Democrats attempt to build support among their base for an expansion of Medicaid to those living above the poverty line. They've been confronted by health care workers wanting to know what that means for their wages. Based on what's happened in other states - nothing.  Read More Low Wage Health Care Workers Have Little To Gain in Medicaid Expansion

MacIver NewsMakers: Rep. Bob Kulp Says Dyslexia’s Impact On Society Can No Longer Be Ignored

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - Prisons are filled with people who cannot read, and dyslexia may play a pronounced role in the incarcerated population.   Read More MacIver NewsMakers: Rep. Bob Kulp Says Dyslexia’s Impact On Society Can No Longer Be Ignored

‘It’s Very Real’: Tax Cuts Of 2017 Still Fueling Economic Boom Of 2019

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - Badger State companies and their employees continue to reap the rewards of tax relief.   Read More ‘It’s Very Real’: Tax Cuts Of 2017 Still Fueling Economic Boom Of 2019

In Case You Missed It: Social Security in the Red Starting Next Year, Tariffs Hurt Americans, and Breaking Down Evers’ Education Funding

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 12:48
MacIver News Service | It’s spring in Wisconsin! A lot has happened this week in the world of politics and policy. Here are some important articles for the fiscal conservative, in case you missed it.   Read More In Case You Missed It: Social Security in the Red Starting Next Year, Tariffs Hurt Americans, and Breaking Down Evers’ Education Funding

MacIver NewsMakers: Sen. Chris Kapenga On The Budget And Evers’ Vow To Veto ‘Born Alive’ Bill

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - State Sen. Chris Kapenga says he’s disappointed that Gov. Tony Evers “came out of the gate” so quickly this week in vowing to veto any “born alive” abortion bill passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature.   Read More MacIver NewsMakers: Sen. Chris Kapenga On The Budget And Evers’ Vow To Veto ‘Born Alive’ Bill

MacIver News Minute: Some Employers Continue Waltzing Right Past Right-to-Work Law

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 11:11
Why have a law if you don’t enforce it? Such is the case with Wisconsin’s right-to-work law. As MacIver News Service first reported, some union shops have posted ads requiring applicants to be in a union to get the job. That’s illegal under Wisconsin law, which states no employer may require union membership as a condition of obtaining or continuing employment. While the state agency in charge of enforcing right-to-work punts to the federal government, big labor gets to discriminate against non-union applicants - with impunity.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Some Employers Continue Waltzing Right Past Right-to-Work Law

Sanfelippo Plan Could Be Big Boost To Transportation Budget – But At Cost To Big Government

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - A graduated revenue shift could raise a half billion dollars annually  — and nearly $5 billion total over 15 years — for Wisconsin transportation projects, according to a memo from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.   Read More Sanfelippo Plan Could Be Big Boost To Transportation Budget – But At Cost To Big Government

Medicaid Expansion Emerges As Decisive Issue In State Budget Fight

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 00:00
Medicaid expansion would cover people who already qualify for 18 cents a month premiums on the exchange.  Read More Medicaid Expansion Emerges As Decisive Issue In State Budget Fight

Sanfelippo Says No Gas Tax Hike Needed

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 09:33
Rep. Joe Sanfelippo (R-New Berlin) says Wisconsin should start committing sales tax from auto sales to DOT road work.  Read More Sanfelippo Says No Gas Tax Hike Needed

ChartSmart: K-12 Education Funding in the Biennial Budget

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 00:00
By Ola Lisowski - Today's edition of ChartSmart examines K-12 education funding in Wisconsin biennial budgets.   Read More ChartSmart: K-12 Education Funding in the Biennial Budget

Bring on Impeachment!

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 00:00
Dan O'Donnell uses the Wisconsin Recall to illustrate why impeachment would be the best possible thing to happen to President Trump ahead of the 2020 election.  Read More Bring on Impeachment!

Sanfelippo: Road To A Sustainable DOT Does Not Require A Tax Increase

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 00:00
By Joe Sanfelippo - A more conservative way forward would allow Wisconsin to consistently put more money towards transportation without resorting to new taxation.   Read More Sanfelippo: Road To A Sustainable DOT Does Not Require A Tax Increase

MacIver News Minute: Bitter Liberals Can’t Let Go Of Trump Witch Hunt

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 16:58
After nearly two years, $35 million, and unprecedented government spying, it’s hard not to see the Mueller investigation as anything but a witch hunt. The investigation clearly exonerated the president and his campaign of Trumped up charges of conspiracy to coordinate with the Russians. But bitter liberals just can’t let go. President Trump last month asked in a tweet: When will this illegal Joseph McCarthy style Witch Hunt ever end? For the left, the answer is a resounding no.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Bitter Liberals Can’t Let Go Of Trump Witch Hunt

Issue Brief: Problems With The Institute of Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) and the QALY Methodology

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 00:00
By Chris Rochester - The quality-adjusted life year is a metric being pushed by an organization called the Institute of Clinical and Economic Review (ICER). Essentially, this highly dubious, socialist-style methodology attempts to calculate how much an additional year of life for a sick person seeking a particular treatment is worth to society.   Read More Issue Brief: Problems With The Institute of Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) and the QALY Methodology

Revisiting Predictions About Prevailing Wage Repeal

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 11:18
Special Guest Perspective by John Mielke - Legislation is oftentimes subject to predictions. Although I’m not a historian, I like to examine the effects of legislation, especially when it pertains to our industry.  Read More Revisiting Predictions About Prevailing Wage Repeal

Evers’ Latest Task Force Another Gift To Big Labor

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - If there had ever been any question whether Gov. Tony Evers’ Big Labor allies would be directing policy, that question has been settled early and often.   Read More Evers’ Latest Task Force Another Gift To Big Labor

MacIver Newsmakers Podcast: ATR’s Grover Norquist Setting The Record Straight On Tax Relief

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, joins us on this edition of MacIver NewsMakers for a little perspective on the current tax climate and the changes taking shape in the Badger State. And this anti-tax man offers some sound advice for those who die.    Read More MacIver Newsmakers Podcast: ATR’s Grover Norquist Setting The Record Straight On Tax Relief

In Case You Missed It: UW Still Doing Well Despite Cries of Poverty, Entitlements Could Slow Down Economic Growth, and Supreme Court Tariff Fight

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 17:33
Happy Easter Weekend! It’s been a busy week in Wisconsin with Governor Evers wanting to revise the Foxconn deal, and the release of the Mueller Report. Here are some important stories for the fiscal conservative, in case you missed it.  Read More In Case You Missed It: UW Still Doing Well Despite Cries of Poverty, Entitlements Could Slow Down Economic Growth, and Supreme Court Tariff Fight

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