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Walker Honored At IBAW 2018 Manufacturing Summit

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 15:47
The Independent Business Association of Wisconsin award Governor Scott Walker its Bart Adams Award for his role in reviving Wisconsin's manufacturing sector at the 2018 Manufacturing Summit. Industry leaders also reflected on factors leading to recent successes and discussed how to confront current and future challenges facing manufacturing in the state.  Read More Walker Honored At IBAW 2018 Manufacturing Summit

Analysis: Evers DPI Budget Request Would Spend $1.4 Billion More

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 00:00
By Ola Lisowski - The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) budget, submitted by Evers on Monday, would spend $1.4 billion in state funding more than current levels. The plan amounts to a 10 percent increase over funding levels in the 2017-19 state budget.  Read More Analysis: Evers DPI Budget Request Would Spend $1.4 Billion More

Healy And Bott Discuss The Latest Marquette Poll And What It Means For Conservatives

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 13:07
The latest Marquette University Law School Poll showed Gov. Scott Walker down by 5 points to Tony Evers and state Sen. Leah Vukmir down 11 points to Sen. Tammy Baldwin. Does this mean there's a blue wave coming? Are conservatives going to stay home on election day? MacIver president Brett Healy and AFP-WI state director Eric Bott joins Matt Kittle on the Vicki McKenna Show, on News/Talk 1130 WISN, to discuss.  Read More Healy And Bott Discuss The Latest Marquette Poll And What It Means For Conservatives

The Morning News With Matt And Earl: Brett Healy Discusses Latest Marquette Poll

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 13:05
The latest Marquette University Law School Poll showed Gov. Scott Walker down by 5 points to Tony Evers and state Sen. Leah Vukmir down 11 points to Sen. Tammy Baldwin. Does this mean there's a blue wave coming? Are conservatives going to stay home on election day? MacIver president Brett Healy discusses the poll on The Morning News With Matt & Earl on WTAQ in Green Bay.  Read More The Morning News With Matt And Earl: Brett Healy Discusses Latest Marquette Poll

MacIver News Minute: UW-Madison Students Upset Over Course’s Treatment Of Jihad

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 11:54
Is jihad getting a bad rap in a UW-Madison political science class? One student who attended the first day of the class thinks the course, which directly ties the idea of jihad to terrorism, is biased and unfair to the notion of holy war against the enemies of Islam. Perhaps instead of just surveying the syllabus before taking his complaints to Facebook, the student should've heard the professor out.  Read More MacIver News Minute: UW-Madison Students Upset Over Course’s Treatment Of Jihad

Kooyenga Still Wants Wisconsin To Go To A Flat Tax

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 07:29
By M.D. Kittle - State Rep. Dale Kooyenga isn’t backing down on his ambitious plan to move Wisconsin to a flat income tax state.   Read More Kooyenga Still Wants Wisconsin To Go To A Flat Tax

MacIver Report Extra: Rep. Dale Kooyenga Outlines His Big Goals For Tax Reform

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 00:00
Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) discusses his vision for reforming Wisconsin's tax code. Kooyenga is an advocate for big, bold tax reform - particularly, getting Wisconsin on a glide path to a low, flat income tax.  Read More MacIver Report Extra: Rep. Dale Kooyenga Outlines His Big Goals For Tax Reform

On The John Muir Show: New London Bureaucrats Trying To Deceive The Public About Wheel Tax

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 13:09
MacIver's Bill Osmulski joins John Muir on WTAQ to discuss a follow-up to his report about New London's wheel tax windfall. According to the city's own budget, the money went into a general fund and wasn't segregated or spent on roads. The city's finance director disputes that in a recent local news article, but her denial is plainly refuted by her city's own budget.  Read More On The John Muir Show: New London Bureaucrats Trying To Deceive The Public About Wheel Tax

A Constitution, If You Can Keep It

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 00:00
Special Guest Perspective by Dan O'Donnell - Call it a Tyranny of Good Intentions—government of, by and for those who consider themselves to be the most moral and most just with a governing document that can change as often as they change their minds.  Read More A Constitution, If You Can Keep It

As UW System Tuition Freeze Continues, Overall Tuition Balances Higher than Expected

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 00:00
By Ola Lisowski - On the fifth year of a system-wide tuition freeze, the University of Wisconsin System has a greater tuition balance than it predicted just a year ago. Documents from a UW Regents meeting show that for fiscal year 2018, the System will have $300.8 million in tuition balances. That’s 38 percent more than estimated in the 2017-18 operating budget, which predicted a $217.8 million balance.    Read More As UW System Tuition Freeze Continues, Overall Tuition Balances Higher than Expected

MacIver News Minute: Media Ignores Important Facts In Rape Kit Backlog Story

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 14:23
Attorney General Brad Schimel recently announced the Department of Justice has resolved the longstanding problem of a backlog of untested sexual assault kits. That might puzzle the average consumer of mainstream media reports, which have painted Schimel as a skinflint who put the decades-old backlog on the back burner. The media's been ignoring key facts about the backlog in order to push a narrative - they put the facts on the back burner.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Media Ignores Important Facts In Rape Kit Backlog Story

New London Officials Deny Wheel Tax Went Into General Fund – Contradicting City Budget

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 00:04
By Bill Osmulski - When a reporter questions a public official's claims about city finances, and there is a publicly available document that can prove it one way or the other - it is the responsibility of other journalists and a vigilant public to confirm or refute the claim based on the actual documentation. You don’t just take the public official’s word for it, who has been accused of being dishonest in the first place. That’s beyond lazy. It’s reckless.  Read More New London Officials Deny Wheel Tax Went Into General Fund – Contradicting City Budget

How Did Things Get So Bad At The Tomah VA?

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:34
MacIver investigative reporter Matt Kittle joins Vicki McKenna in the studio to talk about the troubled Tomah VA and lingering questions about Sen. Tammy Baldwin's handling of information that the facility was over-prescribing opioid pain killers so abusively it had earned the nickname "candy land."  Read More How Did Things Get So Bad At The Tomah VA?

Rising to the Occasion: There Are Better Ways to Fight Classroom Bias

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 00:00
MADISON, WI - During enrollment for the Fall 2018 semester at UW-Madison, student Ali Khan signed up for a political science class about terrorism to see whether or not it would be biased. It would appear that Khan showed up for the first day of class looking for controversy. After one class, Khan created an angry Facebook post, detailing his perceived bias of the course.  Read More Rising to the Occasion: There Are Better Ways to Fight Classroom Bias

MacIver News Minute: Remedial Ed Problem Shows High Schools Aren’t Preparing Grads For College

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 14:13
Too many Wisconsin graduates are unprepared for life after high school. The MacIver Institute's latest State of Higher Ed report notes that students from 184 Wisconsin high schools entered the UW System requiring remedial math or English in 2016. That's up from 175 schools the year before. The one-fifth of college freshmen paying for remedial math for zero college credit are literally paying the price for their high schools' failures.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Remedial Ed Problem Shows High Schools Aren’t Preparing Grads For College

Healy Discusses Latest on Kimberly-Clark Bailout on the Steve Scaffidi Show

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 11:54
MacIver President Brett Healy joins Steve Scaffidi on WTMJ radio in Milwaukee to discuss the latest developments in the push to use a Foxconn-like package of tax incentives to stop paper manufacturer Kimberly-Clark from closing its Wisconsin plants.  Read More Healy Discusses Latest on Kimberly-Clark Bailout on the Steve Scaffidi Show

Mr. Bad Example: A Case of True Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - Christine Schweiger and her 10-year-old daughter, Monique, had just picked up chicken at a north side Milwaukee Popeyes when they were approached by two teens looking for a victim.    Read More Mr. Bad Example: A Case of True Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Early College Credits in Wisconsin Save Parents $60 Million a Year

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 00:00
By Ola Lisowski and Anna Stoneman - Earning college credits at a fraction of the cost might sound too good to be true. Believe it or not, it’s real here in Wisconsin. Just ask the thousands of Wisconsin high school students who saved at least $60 million on college tuition in a single year by taking advantage of dual enrollment opportunities.  Read More Early College Credits in Wisconsin Save Parents $60 Million a Year

Road Warrior

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 00:00
Special Guest Perspective by Dan O'Donnell - Gottlieb's attacks on Walker now are nothing more than an attempt at whitewashing his own role in making impossible the projects he now attacks Walker for not pursuing.  Read More Road Warrior

MacIver News Minute: Where Did New London’s Wheel Tax Money Go?

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 11:23
The City of New London's $20 wheel tax generated $184,000 in the current budget, but that windfall wasn't spent on road repairs. The budget spends only $18,000 on transportation related projects. So where did the money go? There's nowhere for the money to hide in the city budget, so it appears to have been spent on other priorities - priorities other than roads.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Where Did New London’s Wheel Tax Money Go?

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