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How Wisconsin Towns Game State Taxpayers On Road Aids

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 00:00
97 percent of Wisconsin’s towns spent so little on road work, they are better off taking the flat rate instead of using the cost sharing formula.  Read More How Wisconsin Towns Game State Taxpayers On Road Aids

In Case You Missed It: What You Need to Know About the Budget, Trade Tensions Hurt Stock Market, and the Hidden Cost of Regulations

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 14:47
MacIver News Service | April showers bring May showers in Wisconsin, and this week proved no different. The big news out of Wisconsin this week is the Joint Finance Committee starting it’s work on the biennial budget, reshaping it into a more fiscally responsible document. You can keep up with all the changes by following MacIver on social media. Before you head out for Mother’s Day brunch, here are some essential articles for the fiscal conservative, in case you missed it.  Read More In Case You Missed It: What You Need to Know About the Budget, Trade Tensions Hurt Stock Market, and the Hidden Cost of Regulations

Republican Budget Writers Blast Evers’ Prison Guard Pay Raise Plan As ‘Bad Human Resource Practice’

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 12:24
By M.D. Kittle - Republicans on the Legislature’s budget-writing committee want to correct an Evers’ administration Corrections compensation plan that provides temporary $5-per-hour raises at some but not all state prisons.  Read More Republican Budget Writers Blast Evers’ Prison Guard Pay Raise Plan As ‘Bad Human Resource Practice’

Evers Budget Collapses After GOP Removes Medicaid Expansion

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 09:07
Even though Gov. Evers knew Republicans were fiercely opposed to expanding Medicaid, he used it as the cornerstone for his entire budget. Republicans immediately pulled it out of the budget in committee on Thursday, and Democrats were besides themselves. MNS’ Bill Osmulski has more.  Read More Evers Budget Collapses After GOP Removes Medicaid Expansion

Dem. Versus GOP Healthcare Policies in Wisconsin

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 09:05
Rep. Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam) points out that the Medicaid expansion would affect 82,000 people in Wisconsin – half of them already have coverage and the rest could buy it through the private marketplace for as low as 15 cents a month.  Read More Dem. Versus GOP Healthcare Policies in Wisconsin

Five Wisconsin Budgets

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 09:04
Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Minocqua) talks about what Republicans accomplished over the past four budgets in Wisconsin, and the firm financial footing the state is now on as it works on the next one.  Read More Five Wisconsin Budgets

Republican-Led Budget Committee Cuts Evers’ Medicaid Expansion Plan

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - In blasting Republicans on Thursday for axing Medicaid expansion from Gov. Tony Evers’ budget proposal, Democrats on the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee showed their hand again. The massive spending plan is built on a house of cards, with “free” federal Medicaid money as its wobbly foundation.    Read More Republican-Led Budget Committee Cuts Evers’ Medicaid Expansion Plan

Protester Harasses Republican Senator Into Restroom

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 16:34
During the first day of budget deliberations at Joint Finance, a protester followed Republican Wisconsin State Senator Tom Tiffany into the restroom, yelling at him for voting against a Democrat motion on the budget.

Study Suggesting Medicaid Expansion Could Lower Premiums Raises More Questions Than Answers

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 11:18
MacIver News Service | May 9, 2019 MADISON – On Tuesday, the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) released a study suggesting that individual market premiums in Wisconsin could drop under a Medicaid expansion. It is a flawed and politically self-serving study that fails to account for many basic considerations. The study, authored by …

As Finance Begins to Vote: What You Need to Know About Wisconsin’s 2019-21 State Budget

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 00:00
By Ola Lisowski - This week, the Joint Finance Committee is back to the State Capitol to kick off the first executive session on the 2019-21 biennial budget. Since Gov. Tony Evers introduced his budget back in late February, the budget-writing committee held agency briefings and then toured the state to hear from the public. Now, it’s finally time to begin voting. Let’s take this opportunity to refresh your memory on the contents of the budget.  Read More As Finance Begins to Vote: What You Need to Know About Wisconsin’s 2019-21 State Budget

Gubernatorial Election Post-Mortem Highlights Need for Wisconsin GOP to Recommit to Grassroots

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 00:00
Portions of a post-mortem analysis of Governor Walker’s loss obtained by Dan O’Donnell paint a stark picture of a Republican Party that grew over-dependent on consultants and alienated its volunteer base.  Read More Gubernatorial Election Post-Mortem Highlights Need for Wisconsin GOP to Recommit to Grassroots

MacIver Newsmakers Podcast: Rep. Shannon Zimmerman, ‘We Can’t (Fund) All Of This’

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 00:00
As the owner of a small business, Rep. Shannon Zimmerman knows the imperative of fiscal conservatism.  Read More MacIver Newsmakers Podcast: Rep. Shannon Zimmerman, ‘We Can’t (Fund) All Of This’

MacIver News Minute: Appointees Unceremoniously Axed By Evers Are Back To Work

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 18:55
For all of his lofty talk about valuing public service, Gov. Tony Evers had no problem showing 15 public servants the door — in the name of politics. In a 4-3 ruling last week, the state Supreme Court ordered the reinstatement of 15 public servants confirmed during December’s controversial extraordinary legislative session. For now, 15 public servants are back to work, thanks to a court that pushed aside political pettiness in favor of due process.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Appointees Unceremoniously Axed By Evers Are Back To Work

In Case You Missed It: Wisconsin’s GDP Posts Strongest Growth Since 2010, President Trump’s Tax Cuts Continue to Work, U.S. Productivity is Up

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 10:28
MacIver News Service | It’s Friday, which means another work week is in the books. This week interest rates remain low, productivity is up, and Wisconsin’s economy had its best year since 2010. As you prepare for another great Wisconsin weekend, here are important stories for the fiscal conservative, in case you missed it.  Read More In Case You Missed It: Wisconsin’s GDP Posts Strongest Growth Since 2010, President Trump’s Tax Cuts Continue to Work, U.S. Productivity is Up

Fiscal Conservatives Feeling Better About Budget Battle Ahead

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - Legislative fiscal hawks seem to be breathing a sigh of relief after the Joint Finance Committee co-chairs announced the Republican-controlled budget-writing panel will vote next week to remove the lengthy list of non-fiscal items from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ budget.  Read More Fiscal Conservatives Feeling Better About Budget Battle Ahead

MacIver News Minute: Sanfelippo Plan Could Fund Transportation Without a Tax Hike

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 18:58
A Milwaukee-area lawmaker says he’s got a fix for what ails Wisconsin’s transportation budget. Rep. Joe Sanfelippo proposes shifting half of the sales tax revenue collected on motor vehicle-related sales from the general fund to the transportation fund. A fiscal analysis show the shift could eventually raise a half a billion annually, without a gas tax increase.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Sanfelippo Plan Could Fund Transportation Without a Tax Hike

Free-Market Tony Evers, Or Bernie Sanders Lookalike?

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 07:11
By M.D. Kittle - Did Gov. Tony Evers just have a free-market epiphany? SPOILER ALERT: No, he did not.   Read More Free-Market Tony Evers, Or Bernie Sanders Lookalike?

Gov. Evers: Saying Abortionists “Execute Babies” Is “Blasphemy”

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 09:47
Gov. Evers’ remarks at the Milwaukee Press Club are getting a lot attention today. Republicans describe killing an infant after a botched abortion as “executing babies." Evers says that description is “blasphemy.” Evers says he will veto the Republican bill that would make infanticide a specific crime in Wisconsin.  Read More Gov. Evers: Saying Abortionists “Execute Babies” Is “Blasphemy”

An Unwise Expansion

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 00:00
Dan O’Donnell explains why expanding Medicaid is an unnecessary boondoggle.  Read More An Unwise Expansion

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

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