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Brewers, Distillers, Others Opposed To ‘Alcohol Czar’ Bill

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 15:51
By Matt Kittle - Garthwaite, of the Brewers Guild, doubts that the booze czar would be independent. “The way I see it, there would end up being a bidding war between very large mega breweries, very large distribution companies and very large retailers on who will be their regulator and we (small brewers) would be the collateral damage,” he said. But Wisconsin’s biggest brewer doesn't care much for the proposal, either.  Read More Brewers, Distillers, Others Opposed To ‘Alcohol Czar’ Bill

Policy Brief: Dental Therapy In Wisconsin

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 08:45
By Chris Rochester and Jennifer Minjarez - A variety of factors are causing a growing shortage of dental care in Wisconsin, and the impact is being felt by all, from the very young to our grandparents living in nursing homes. If Wisconsin permitted dental therapists, it would help to alleviate this crisis.  Read More Policy Brief: Dental Therapy In Wisconsin

Feel The Love: Free Market Bills Up For Hearings Today

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 23:00
By M.D. Kittle - Legislative committees have scheduled public hearings on several pro-free market bills covering everything from cookies and wine to dentistry and pharmaceutical drugs.   Read More Feel The Love: Free Market Bills Up For Hearings Today

The MacIver Report: Wisconsin This Week – Seven Years Of Act 10 (And A Silly Season Update)

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 17:52
Team MacIver celebrates the seventh anniversary of the introduction of Act 10 with a walk down memory lane and fond memories of throngs of protesters taking over the Capitol in 2011. But back here in 2018, it's another kind of Silly Season at the Capitol with plenty of new spending schemes. Speaking of silly, the team also talks about some outlandish statements by liberals running for governor. That, a look at the new bill to open an investigation into the John Doe investigators, and a look at the packed Capitol calendar in this week's MacIver Report!  Read More The MacIver Report: Wisconsin This Week – Seven Years Of Act 10 (And A Silly Season Update)

Chart Smart: 2018 Winter Session Spending Proposals

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 09:30
As the state Legislature wraps up its last floor session of the biennium, a number of big spending proposals are making their way through the legislative process. The Legislature is considering over $470 million in spending.  Read More Chart Smart: 2018 Winter Session Spending Proposals

It’s Back! ‘Alcohol Czar’ Draft Bill Making The Rounds

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 09:17
By M.D. Kittle - After seemingly mothballed for months, a controversial draft bill creating a “alcohol czar” with more power to enforce Wisconsin’s booze laws is back at the table - just in time for the end-of-session bill blitz, and just before campaign season begins in earnest.   Read More It’s Back! ‘Alcohol Czar’ Draft Bill Making The Rounds

#JustFixIt Campaign in Washington County Funds Roads Without A Gas Tax Increase

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 08:20
Washington County thinks it can fund all its highway improvements over the next 32 years without an increase in the gas tax or raising other taxes and fees. The plan is simple: make transportation infrastructure a top priority in its budget.  Read More #JustFixIt Campaign in Washington County Funds Roads Without A Gas Tax Increase

Chief Judge Launches Probe Into Dysfunctional Ozaukee County Court System

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 23:00
By M.D. Kittle - Nearly three weeks after MacIver News Service’s investigation into possible misconduct and certain dysfunction in the southeastern Wisconsin circuit court, a leading judicial official has launched a probe into the allegations.   Read More Chief Judge Launches Probe Into Dysfunctional Ozaukee County Court System

Minimim Markup Hearing Posted For This Week

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 14:23
The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism will hold a public hearing on a bill that would result in a limited repeal minimum markup this Wednesday at 10:30 am.  Read More Minimim Markup Hearing Posted For This Week

Remembering Act 10: Seven Years Later, More Than $5 Billion Saved

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 10:28
MacIver was there throughout the Act 10 riots. Lest we start to forget, take a walk down memory lane with some of our top videos from seven years ago.  Read More Remembering Act 10: Seven Years Later, More Than $5 Billion Saved

Lawmakers Roll Out Bill Creating Committee To Investigate GAB

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 02:30
By M.D. Kittle - The time for the state Legislature to investigate the investigators is drawing near. A new bill by Sen. Dave Craig and Rep. Joe Sanfelippo would create a bicameral legislative committee - with subpoena power - to look into the conduct and activities of the former Government Accountability Board and staff.  Read More Lawmakers Roll Out Bill Creating Committee To Investigate GAB

UW Student: Hip Hop Social Justice Class “Is An Absolute Joke”

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 23:00
By Abby Streu - Should Wisconsin taxpayers pay for a class taught by a “radical socialist” that believes “HipHop culture can help make the world more just?”  Read More UW Student: Hip Hop Social Justice Class “Is An Absolute Joke”

Direct Primary Care: The Doctor Will See You Now

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 14:55
Guest Perspective By Rep. Joe Sanfelippo - Americans across the country have discovered that the Affordable Care Act has been anything but affordable.  Read More Direct Primary Care: The Doctor Will See You Now

Meet The Liberals Who Want To Be Your Next Governor

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 23:00
By M.D. Kittle - What happens when a gaggle of liberal candidates for governor gets together to discuss health care policy at a game show-style forum?   Read More Meet The Liberals Who Want To Be Your Next Governor

Senate Might Put Limit On Walker’s Obamacare Stabilization Plan

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 15:59
By Chris Rochester - While the reinsurance plan is intended as a shorter-term effort to prevent another massive premium hike for Wisconsinites who get individual insurance coverage through Obamacare, it’s potentially a permanent new expense. The Senate is evidently looking to make sure that doesn't happen, putting a time limit on the reinsurance with the expectation that Congressional Republicans will eventually coalesce around a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.  Read More Senate Might Put Limit On Walker’s Obamacare Stabilization Plan

Budget Update: Fitzgerald Wants Broad-Based Tax Reform, Questions Gas Tax Talk

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 14:51
Amid a flurry of activity as the Legislature flies through its winter session, Gov. Scott Walker and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos announced on Thursday they had reached an agreement on tax relief. Here is the reaction of Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald.  Read More Budget Update: Fitzgerald Wants Broad-Based Tax Reform, Questions Gas Tax Talk

The GOP’s Coming Obamacare Capitulation

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 23:00
By Doug Badger, Marie Fishpaw & Michael Needham - If conservatives don’t coalesce behind a new repeal plan soon soon, they will find themselves bystanders as their Republican colleagues link arms with Democrats.  Read More The GOP’s Coming Obamacare Capitulation

Will It Happen This Time? Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill On The Move

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 23:00
By M.D. Kittle - After years of wrangling and plenty of setbacks, it appears lawmakers and law enforcement have reached a deal on a civil asset forfeiture bill that can pass the state Senate.   Read More Will It Happen This Time? Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill On The Move

MacIver News Minute: Breathtaking Dysfunction In The Ozaukee County Court System

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 23:00
A recent DOJ investigation unveiled breathtaking dysfunction in the Ozaukee County court system. The Clerk of Courts routinely oversteps her authority, the county fails to provide services mandated by law, and a judge who disrupted the normal order of dysfunction is seen as an impostor - just some of the allegations discovered in the report.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Breathtaking Dysfunction In The Ozaukee County Court System

The Conservative Agenda: Keep Fighting For The Free Market

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 13:51
By M.D. Kittle and Chris Rochester - Conservative lawmakers say liberty and free markets should guide legislation the rest of the abbreviated winter session.   Read More The Conservative Agenda: Keep Fighting For The Free Market

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