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Kooyenga To Republicans: Minimum Markup Law Is Anti-Free Market

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 08:03
By M.D. Kittle - A Brookfield Republican lawmaker says his party has done well in making Wisconsin “open for business,” but the GOP has failed at times in keeping the Badger State open to the free market.   Read More Kooyenga To Republicans: Minimum Markup Law Is Anti-Free Market

Another Black Friday Crime Wave As Retailers Offer Criminally Low Prices

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 10:23
The MacIver Institute recently completed its annual investigation into potentially illegal Black Friday prices in Wisconsin. We reached the conclusion that once again, a crime wave of illegally low prices will sweep the state this holiday shopping season thanks to Wisconsin’s antiquated minimum markup law.  Read More Another Black Friday Crime Wave As Retailers Offer Criminally Low Prices

2017 School Report Cards: Spotlight on Milwaukee, Racine, Choice, and Charter

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 23:00
By Ola Lisowski - State report cards are out for the 2016-17 school year. Now that we’ve examined student achievement as a whole, let’s shine a spotlight on some important subgroups. We’ll start with the state’s biggest district: Milwaukee Public Schools.  Read More 2017 School Report Cards: Spotlight on Milwaukee, Racine, Choice, and Charter

The Markup: A Cautionary Tale For Black Friday

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 22:59
The story that follows may be fiction - but the situation is very real. If you happen to feel a chill running up your spine while you're reading this, that's just the realization of how close this crime hits to home. And if you break out into a cold sweat, you just might be worried that you're an accessory!  Read More The Markup: A Cautionary Tale For Black Friday

MacIver News Minute: Common Sense, Free Speech Win at UW-Stevens Point

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 16:23
In the left's war on free speech, common sense finally won when the UW-Stevens Point administration overturned the student government's vote to reject Turning Point USA - a mainstream free market group - when conservative students petitioned to start a campus chapter.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Common Sense, Free Speech Win at UW-Stevens Point

The MacIver Report: Wisconsin This Week – Talking Turkey, Taxes, K-12, and Much More

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 09:33
In this Thanksgiving edition of the MacIver Report, the MacIver team gives you their turkey-and tryptophan-fueled insights into federal tax reform, new school report cards in Wisconsin, the state's antiquated minimum markup law, the latest saga in campus free speech, and much, much more.  Read More The MacIver Report: Wisconsin This Week – Talking Turkey, Taxes, K-12, and Much More

2017 School Report Cards: Zero Failing Districts, 117 Failing Schools

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 23:00
While last year’s report card designated five school districts as ‘failing,’ this year zero districts took home the one-star review but the number of failing schools increased MacIver News Service | November 21, 2017 [Madison, Wis…] The state’s Department of Public Instruction has released school and district report cards for the 2016-17 academic year. Zero …

Dialogue Replaces Disruption at UW-Madison Libertarian Event

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 14:26
A year ago when a conservative speaker came to UW-Madison, liberal protesters staged a disruption that shut down the event for 20 minutes. Since then the regents adopted a policy protecting free speech, hoping to encourage more constructive dialogue and a free exchange of ideas. This year, another controversial conservative speaker came to campus, but with very different results. MNS Bill Osmulski has more.

University Overturns UW-SP Student Senate Rejection of Turning Point Request

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 13:15
By Chris Rochester - Administrators at UW-Stevens Point has overturned its student government's decision to deny a young conservatives group's request to become a recognized campus group.

UPDATED: UW-Stevens Point Liberals Felt “Targeted” By Turning Point’s Free Market Positions

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:58
By Chris Rochester - A Facebook meme saying "socialism sucks" and accusations of racism were among the many reasons liberal student government leaders at UW-Stevens Point felt "targeted" enough to reject a conservative group's request to become a student organization.

Despite Recent Tensions, Free Trade with Canada Still Benefiting Wisconsin

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 23:00
Since the adoption of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), trade between Wisconsin and Canada has thrived, with nearly $9 billion worth of goods being exchanged in 2016. Despite the economic success the state has seen over the past few decades from the agreement, disputes over a new Canadian dairy pricing system have recently strained the partnership, ultimately endangering one of the world’s most robust trade deals.

Newsmakers Interview: The Heritage Foundation’s Tori Whiting on Free Trade

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 23:00
MacIver's Bill Osmulski sits down in the MacIver News Service studio with Tori Whiting, Research Associate at the Center for International Trade and Economics at the Heritage Foundation. Tori discusses the state of free trade and its positive impact on Wisconsin's economy.

MacIver News Minute: Free Speech For Me, But Not For Thee at UW-Stevens Point

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 15:12
Liberal students at UW-Stevens Point think advocating for free markets and fiscal responsibility equates to hate and racism. That's evidently why they denied a handful of students' request to start a chapter of mainstream conservative group Turning Point USA on campus.

Walker: Cut Taxes Now And Unleash America’s Economy

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 13:53
By Gov. Scott Walker - “The purpose of cutting taxes now is not to incur a budget deficit, but to achieve the more prosperous, expanding economy which can bring a budget surplus.” President John F. Kennedy’s comments promoting comprehensive tax reform before the Economic Club of New York more than a half-century ago are just as valid today. America needs a tax cut.

‘Climate Change Champion’ Tia Nelson Paid Freelancer At Least $25,000 For Speeches, Articles At State Lands Agency

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 23:00
By M.D. Kittle - The former executive secretary of a little-known agency with $1 billion in trust assets spent thousands of dollars on a contracted ghost writer to write her reports, articles and speeches, according to documents obtained by MacIver News Service. 

Business Leaders Urge Congress to Repeal or Delay Health Insurance Tax Before End of Year

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 18:40
By Chris Rochester - A federal health insurance tax set to take effect in 2018 will hit Wisconsin businesses, families, and taxpayers hard if congress doesn’t take action to stop or delay the tax before the end of the year.

Litigation Could Be Looming In UW-Stevens Point Assault On Conservative Speech

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 14:50
By M.D. Kittle - A lawsuit may be looming if the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point student government doesn’t do a 180 on its position denying a conservative group the right to exist, sources tell MacIver News Service. 

The Last Insurer Standing, Common Ground Raises Premiums 63 Percent

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 10:54
By Chris Rochester - In 2016, people in a cluster of seven northeastern Wisconsin counties had a variety of choices on Obamacare’s individual insurance market. Starting in January, they will only have one very expensive option - a consequence of Obamacare’s dreaded “death spiral.”

MacIver News Minute: Madison’s “Free Internet” Quest

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 16:19
Madison is on mission to add one to the basic rights best bestowed upon all men and women - they're on a costly quest to secure life, liberty, and free broadband internet for all. Of course, it's a boondoggle.

Conservative Speech Targeted Again – This Time At UW-Stevens Point

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 10:50
By M.D. Kittle - The campus militant left is at it again, with another speech-for-me-but-not-for-thee assault in the progressive war on free speech.