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COMPLETE ANALYSIS: The 2019-21 Wisconsin State Budget

Mon, 07/15/2019 - 01:23
A MacIver Institute Analysis - The 2019-21 Wisconsin state budget is now law. What's in the document? Read our full analysis here, with in-depth subsections for important issue areas.  Read More COMPLETE ANALYSIS: The 2019-21 Wisconsin State Budget

Car Buyers Face Fewer Choices, Higher Prices Unless Trump Reforms CAFE Mandate

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 10:46
MacIver News - If unchanged, the ultimate impact of these policies will be higher vehicle prices and fewer choices for consumers. The Heritage Foundation estimates a new car in 2025 will cost at least $7,500 more if the Trump Administration does not reform the mandate.  Read More Car Buyers Face Fewer Choices, Higher Prices Unless Trump Reforms CAFE Mandate

ICYMI: MacIver Budget Analysis, $15 Minimum Wage Report, and Possible Interest Rate Cut Coming Soon

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 10:17
It has been a busy past week for the state of Wisconsin! Gov. Tony Evers partially vetoed the GOP budget proposal last week, and with both sides of the aisle (mostly) pleased the Legislature is now off for the summer. Around the country, the CBO researched the $15 minimum wage and found that the policy hurts those it intends to help.   Read More ICYMI: MacIver Budget Analysis, $15 Minimum Wage Report, and Possible Interest Rate Cut Coming Soon

MacIver Newsmakers Podcast: Ismael Hernandez’s Journey From Communist To Freedom Fighter

Fri, 07/12/2019 - 00:00
By Chris Rochester - Freedom fighter Ismael Hernandez was a card-carrying communist - a true believer in the Cuban revolution - an all-consuming belief system that defined most of his young life.  Read More MacIver Newsmakers Podcast: Ismael Hernandez’s Journey From Communist To Freedom Fighter

MacIver News Minute: Madison Math Turns Huge K-12 Hike Into A “Cut”

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 07:00
Madison is 30 square miles surrounded by reality. Case in point: the recent debate over K-12 funding. The GOP budget increases K-12 funding by $655 million over two years, the largest increase ever in Wisconsin history. But out-of-touch activists claim this amounts to a $900 million cut...only in the alternative universe of Madison. But taxpayers still live in the real world, where people have to spend what they can afford.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Madison Math Turns Huge K-12 Hike Into A “Cut”

A Costly Compromise

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 00:00
The state’s newly-signed budget is a compromise of both the best and worst sorts. Legislative Republicans were able to exorcise the worst and most ridiculous of Democratic Governor Tony Evers’ policy proposals, but in exchange had to surrender the last vestiges of fiscal sanity left over from the Scott Walker era.  Read More A Costly Compromise

MacIver News Minute: Ups and Downs of Gov. Evers’ 78 Vetoes

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 18:15
Just before we all left work to celebrate the nation's birthday, Gov. Tony Evers used his powerful veto pen to make significant changes to the 2019-21 budget passed by the GOP-controlled Legislature. He vetoed out common-sense work and drug testing requirements for welfare programs, despite the strong economy. But surprisingly, Evers left alone the GOP's $500 million-plus tax cut. For more on the budget and the vetoes, visit maciverinstitute.com.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Ups and Downs of Gov. Evers’ 78 Vetoes

ANALYSIS: The 2019-21 Wisconsin State Budget 

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 08:29
A MacIver Institute Analysis - There is something for everyone to love in this budget - from fiscal conservatives, far-left progressives, Republicans, taxpayers, Democrats, big-government loving special interests, lobbyists, to local governments - and something in this budget for everyone to hate.  Read More ANALYSIS: The 2019-21 Wisconsin State Budget 

Evers Trades In Campaign Promises For A Big-Spending Budget With 78 Vetoes

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 17:54
By Matt Kittle - At a press event surrounded by cabinet secretaries, Dem lawmakers, and, of course, children, Evers not-so-begrudgingly signed into law an $81.4 billion biennial budget crafted by the Republican-controlled Legislature. The governor made the document a bit more to his liking with 78 line-item vetoes, cutting some GOP initiatives while bolstering k-12 funding by $63 in per-pupil over the life of the budget.   Read More Evers Trades In Campaign Promises For A Big-Spending Budget With 78 Vetoes

Veto Day Analysis

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 15:30
There was nothing Evers could do to get it back to the $84.2 billion he wanted to spend. However, he certainly was not going to sign the Republicans' budget without making some changes. Here’s what Evers did and did not do in his 78 line-item vetoes.  Read More Veto Day Analysis

MacIver News Minute: Winners and Losers in the 2019-21 State Budget

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 17:38
Any big-spending budget is bound to produce many winners and losers, and the same can be said of the 2019-21 budget passed last week by both Houses of the Legislature and likely to be signed by Gov. Evers this week. Taxpayers, for example, landed in both the winners and losers columns. While the $83 billion budget cuts taxes $500 million, it still is a massive spending hike. Big Labor was also a big loser in this budget, with every worker freedom rollback axed from the document on day one. But the ultimate loser: fiscally conservative values.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Winners and Losers in the 2019-21 State Budget

Education Activists Turn To Misinformation To Distort GOP Budget

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 12:01
Public education activists should be honest about the large increase and they should be grateful to taxpayers for the hard-earned dollars they provide in order to fund it.  Read More Education Activists Turn To Misinformation To Distort GOP Budget

Winners And Losers In The 2019-21 State Budget

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 14:33
With any state budget, you win some, you lose some. The budget passed this week by the Republican-controlled Legislature may well have produced a record number of winners and losers — some landing in both categories.  Read More Winners And Losers In The 2019-21 State Budget

In Case You Missed It: June in Review

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 12:08
It’s been quite the week for Wisconsin! The 2019-2021 biennial budget passed the Legislature, so keep an eye out for MacIver’s full analysis, coming soon. Gov. Tony Evers has called for the budget, giving him until July 4th to act on it if the document is enrolled today. It’s tough to keep up with everything that has been going on, so we’ve put together a rundown of what happened in key policy areas to keep you informed.  Read More In Case You Missed It: June in Review

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