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Why Have Health Care Costs Spiraled Out Of Control?

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 17:01
A new video by the Association of Independent Doctors offers a great explanation of why health care costs in the U.S. have spiral out of control. We don't necessarily endorse everything in the video, but it's an excellent reminder of the many flaws in our health care system and a glimpse into how to fix it.  Read More Why Have Health Care Costs Spiraled Out Of Control?

On Vicki McKenna: The Astronomical Cost Of Single Payer Healthcare

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 16:06
MacIver's Matt Kittle joins Vicki McKenna on News/Talk 1310 WIBA to discuss a MacIver Institute estimate that found a single payer health care takeover in Wisconsin would cost $30 billion in the first year alone - nearly double the entire state budget.  Read More On Vicki McKenna: The Astronomical Cost Of Single Payer Healthcare

On The John Muir Show: School Districts Seize The “Opportunity” To Raise Taxes

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 10:24
MacIver's Matt Kittle joins John Muir on WTAQ in Green Bay to discuss school district spending requests. In particular, districts are looking to backfill spending that was made possible by the now-defunct Energy Efficiency Exemption with a spate of new spending measures on the November ballot, peddling the shopping spree essentially as "free" money. What they ignore is that property taxes could be dropping like a rock - something school districts are doing all they can to prevent from happening.  Read More On The John Muir Show: School Districts Seize The “Opportunity” To Raise Taxes

Evers Holds Investments in Shadowy Bond Issuer PFA, Documents Show

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - Tony Evers, Wisconsin’s education chief and Democratic candidate for governor, holds investments in a shadowy, quasi-public “bonding house of last resort" that has come under scrutiny from lawmakers and federal agencies, according to ethics documents.   Read More Evers Holds Investments in Shadowy Bond Issuer PFA, Documents Show

MacIver News Minute: Lavish Sick Leave Benefit Cost Taxpayers $171 Million In 2017

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 13:15
Wisconsin public employees continue to benefit handsomely from the state’s generous “sick leave conversion program.” Public sector retirees converted $171.96 million in earned sick leave credits in 2017, according to the latest data available. That’s up 3 percent from 2016, when retired employees in the Wisconsin Retirement System turned nearly $167 million into health insurance cash.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Lavish Sick Leave Benefit Cost Taxpayers $171 Million In 2017

Mark Belling Discusses MacIver’s Investigation Into Cedarburg’s Controversial Referendum

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 09:43
News/Talk 1130 WISN's Mark Belling discusses MacIver's investigation into Cedarburg's $60 million referendum, focusing on evidence contained in reams of emails that a "community survey" likely was a rigged propaganda tool from the very start.  Read More Mark Belling Discusses MacIver’s Investigation Into Cedarburg’s Controversial Referendum

Emails Suggest Fix Is In For Cedarburg Referendum Campaign

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 00:00
By Chris Rochester - Documents obtained by MacIver News Service through an open records request suggest that district officials were more concerned with tilting the results of a community survey than gauging public sentiment on the spending measure.  Read More Emails Suggest Fix Is In For Cedarburg Referendum Campaign

Data Release: Average Wisconsin Score the Best in US, National ACT Score Dips

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 12:46
By Ola Lisowski - A new report shows that the average exam score fell to 20.8 out of 36 points for the class of 2017, down from 21.0 the prior year. Wisconsin students scored an average of 20.5 out of 36 points, the same as last year but now the best score of any state that tests all of its students.  Read More Data Release: Average Wisconsin Score the Best in US, National ACT Score Dips

Johnson: States Committing ‘Legalized Fraud’ With Medicaid Schemes

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - They’ve been described as “Medicaid maximization schemes,” revenue manipulations, gimmicks. U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson has a more pointed expression   Read More Johnson: States Committing ‘Legalized Fraud’ With Medicaid Schemes

The ABCs of Governor Walker’s Education Spending

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 00:00
Special Guest Perspective by Dan O'Donnell - By giving districts that financial flexibility and also pumping more state money into their coffers, while simultaneously holding the line on state taxes through what Walker calls the “prosperity dividend” of his restoration of fiscal sanity in Wisconsin, the state’s education budget is healthier than ever...and it no longer needs to rely on federal handouts.  Read More The ABCs of Governor Walker’s Education Spending

MacIver News Minute: Single Payer Health Care Would Cost $30 Billion In First Year Alone

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 14:47
According to a new MacIver analysis, a single payer health care takeover would be a costly power grab by progressive politicians. The analysis finds that it would cost Wisconsin taxpayers at least $30 billion in the first year alone. The left is Wisconsin likes to tout bumper sticker slogans about its health care plans, but they rarely talk about the cost. Now you know what it would cost you.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Single Payer Health Care Would Cost $30 Billion In First Year Alone

School Districts Use Projected Tax Cuts To Hide Huge Referendum Tax Hikes

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 00:00
By Bill Osmulski - From the tactics and literature accompanying this year’s referendums, it appears the harder the state works to provide property tax relief, the harder local school officials will work to keep local taxpayers from ever benefiting from it.  Read More School Districts Use Projected Tax Cuts To Hide Huge Referendum Tax Hikes

News And Views: Cost Of Single Payer Health Care And Small Business Prevails Over Union

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 15:32
MacIver investigative reporter Matt Kittle joins Oliver Burrows on WXCO in Wausau for their weekly roundup. This week they talk about the price of single payer health care in Wisconsin - $30 billion in just the first year, according to a new MacIver analysis. They also discuss Veterans Electric, which recently prevailed in court over a union seeking the personal information of nonunion employees.  Read More News And Views: Cost Of Single Payer Health Care And Small Business Prevails Over Union

State Government Retirees Cash Out $171.96 Million In Unused Sick Leave

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - Wisconsin public employees continue to benefit handsomely from the state’s generous “sick leave conversion program.”   Read More State Government Retirees Cash Out $171.96 Million In Unused Sick Leave

MacIver Newsmakers With Sen. Ron Johnson: Civility And Accountability In The Swamp

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 00:00
Sen. Ron Johnson calls in to the MacIver studio for a wide-ranging conversation with host Matt Kittle in our latest Newsmakers podcast. They touch on left-wing mobs, liberal incivility, the Kavanaugh confirmation, the Mueller investigation, and states' Medicaid funding gimmicks. This conversation is better than lunch with Kanye!  Read More MacIver Newsmakers With Sen. Ron Johnson: Civility And Accountability In The Swamp

On The John Muir Show: Wedding Barn Crackdown And The Cost Of Single Payer Healthcare

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 12:04
MacIver's Matt Kittle joins John Muir on WTAQ in Green Bay to discuss the latest on the Tavern League's unseemly effort to crack down on competition in the form of the budding wedding barn industry. Also, they talk about MacIver's analysis finding a single payer health care system would cost Wisconsin taxpayers $30 billion in the first year alone.  Read More On The John Muir Show: Wedding Barn Crackdown And The Cost Of Single Payer Healthcare

MacIver Newsmakers: Small Business Owner Scores A Win For Workplace Freedom

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 00:00
When the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union pension fund demanded access to nonunion employees' private contact information, Veterans Electric owner Scott Flaugher drew the line. He recently emerged victorious from a drawn-out legal battle that ended in a court affirming that the union has no right to employees' private information that they could've used to harass and intimate people into joining.  Read More MacIver Newsmakers: Small Business Owner Scores A Win For Workplace Freedom

MacIver News Minute: Walker Was Right To Reject “Free” Medicaid Expansion Money

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 12:24
You might've heard the story about the "free" Medicaid expansion money. Like so many liberal narratives, this one's a fairy tale. The real story of Medicaid expansion states is one of ballooning costs - just ask taxpayers in Minnesota and Ohio.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Walker Was Right To Reject “Free” Medicaid Expansion Money

Small Business Owner Wins Worker Rights Fight Against Big Labor

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 12:22
MacIver's Matt Kittle joins Vicki McKenna on News/Talk 1310 WIBA to discuss a big recent victory for a small electrical contractor business in Colgate, Wis. A judge ruled that a labor union pension fund isn't entitled to the private information of nonunion employees at Veterans Electric, an unsung but possibly milestone decision in the fight for employee rights.  Read More Small Business Owner Wins Worker Rights Fight Against Big Labor

On The Steve Scaffidi Show: The Real Cost Of Single Payer Health Care

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 12:18
MacIver communications director Chris Rochester joins Steve Scaffidi on WTMJ to discuss the staggering cost of single payer health care. If implemented at the state level in Wisconsin, a government health care takeover would cost $30 billion--double the size of the state budget--in just its first year, a MacIver analysis recently found.  Read More On The Steve Scaffidi Show: The Real Cost Of Single Payer Health Care

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