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Legislature Sues to Stop “Sue and Settle”

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 14:17
Wisconsin legislative leaders on Thursday sued Attorney General Josh Kaul in an effort to force him to comply with state laws passed during last December’s extraordinary session.  Read More Legislature Sues to Stop “Sue and Settle”

In Case You Missed It: Fed Cuts The Interest Rate, Middle Class Gets Richer, And Bernie’s Policy Hurts His Own Campaign

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 11:28
This week, the Federal Reserve officially cut interest rates; the progressive network Indivisible came out with radical reform ideas for the U.S. government; and Bernie gave his staff a $15 minimum wage at a cost.  Read More In Case You Missed It: Fed Cuts The Interest Rate, Middle Class Gets Richer, And Bernie’s Policy Hurts His Own Campaign

Prevailing Wage Proponents Not Always Forthright

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 12:15
Special Guest Perspective by John Mielke - It’s a common strategy these days for partisan activists to attempt to discredit supporters of policies they don’t like without actually addressing the merits of the policies in question. Such is the case with prevailing wage.  Read More Prevailing Wage Proponents Not Always Forthright

MacIver News Minute: Evers Payroll Fraud Task Force Is Gift To Big Labor

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 10:45
It doesn’t take a crystal ball to see Governor Tony Evers’ new payroll fraud task force appears to be a gift to Big Labor. The task force, heavily slanted toward union interests, has the stated goal of cracking down on alleged payroll fraud—often just mistakes thanks to a thick web of red tape. But Labor’s outsized role has business advocates nervous it could become a cudgel to hammer employers.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Evers Payroll Fraud Task Force Is Gift To Big Labor

A Warning Sign

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 00:00
Transportation Secretary Craig Thompson still wants to raise the gas tax. Dan O’Donnell explains why we need only look south to see why that is a terrible idea.  Read More A Warning Sign

MacIver News Minute: DOT Secretary Says Gas Tax Hike Still On The Table

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 10:44
Ronald Reagan famously compared government to a big baby: an insatiable appetite at one end, and no sense of responsibility at the other. The ink is barely dry on the latest state budget, and DOT secretary Craig Thompson is already hungry for more. Raising the gas tax remains very much on the table, he recently said, despite an influx of new money into his bloated agency. It’s a reminder to taxpayers that government’s hunger for your money never ends.  Read More MacIver News Minute: DOT Secretary Says Gas Tax Hike Still On The Table

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

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