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MacIver News Minute: Remedial Ed Problem Shows High Schools Aren’t Preparing Grads For College

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 14:13
Too many Wisconsin graduates are unprepared for life after high school. The MacIver Institute's latest State of Higher Ed report notes that students from 184 Wisconsin high schools entered the UW System requiring remedial math or English in 2016. That's up from 175 schools the year before. The one-fifth of college freshmen paying for remedial math for zero college credit are literally paying the price for their high schools' failures.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Remedial Ed Problem Shows High Schools Aren’t Preparing Grads For College

Healy Discusses Latest on Kimberly-Clark Bailout on the Steve Scaffidi Show

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 11:54
MacIver President Brett Healy joins Steve Scaffidi on WTMJ radio in Milwaukee to discuss the latest developments in the push to use a Foxconn-like package of tax incentives to stop paper manufacturer Kimberly-Clark from closing its Wisconsin plants.  Read More Healy Discusses Latest on Kimberly-Clark Bailout on the Steve Scaffidi Show

Mr. Bad Example: A Case of True Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - Christine Schweiger and her 10-year-old daughter, Monique, had just picked up chicken at a north side Milwaukee Popeyes when they were approached by two teens looking for a victim.    Read More Mr. Bad Example: A Case of True Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Early College Credits in Wisconsin Save Parents $60 Million a Year

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 00:00
By Ola Lisowski and Anna Stoneman - Earning college credits at a fraction of the cost might sound too good to be true. Believe it or not, it’s real here in Wisconsin. Just ask the thousands of Wisconsin high school students who saved at least $60 million on college tuition in a single year by taking advantage of dual enrollment opportunities.  Read More Early College Credits in Wisconsin Save Parents $60 Million a Year

Road Warrior

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 00:00
Special Guest Perspective by Dan O'Donnell - Gottlieb's attacks on Walker now are nothing more than an attempt at whitewashing his own role in making impossible the projects he now attacks Walker for not pursuing.  Read More Road Warrior

MacIver News Minute: Where Did New London’s Wheel Tax Money Go?

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 11:23
The City of New London's $20 wheel tax generated $184,000 in the current budget, but that windfall wasn't spent on road repairs. The budget spends only $18,000 on transportation related projects. So where did the money go? There's nowhere for the money to hide in the city budget, so it appears to have been spent on other priorities - priorities other than roads.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Where Did New London’s Wheel Tax Money Go?

News And Views: Where Did The Money From New London’s New Wheel Tax Go?

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 11:10
MacIver's Bill Osmulski joins Oliver Burrows on WXCO in Wausau to share his latest report that scours the City of New London's books for $184,000 in wheel tax revenue that was not spent on roads in the most recent budget. Instead, it looks like the wheel tax windfall was spent on other priorities.  Read More News And Views: Where Did The Money From New London’s New Wheel Tax Go?

Schimel Announces Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Has Been Resolved

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 11:07
MacIver investigative reporter Matt Kittle joins The Morning News With Matt & Earl to discuss his latest report exploring the complex and decades-old problem of a backlog of untested rape kits. The problem has persisted through the tenures of attorneys general of both parties. But current AG Brad Schimel earlier in the day announced the backlog had been cleared with the exception of just five kits.  Read More Schimel Announces Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Has Been Resolved

News And Views: Michael Haas, J Street, And Solving The Rape Kit Backlog

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 17:03
MacIver investigative reporter Matt Kittle joins Oliver Burrows on WXCO in Wausau for their weekly update. This week they discuss Michael Haas, the John Doe bureaucrat who refuses to leave his state job, the Washington D.C. group that backs ultra-liberal policies and lefty candidates in Wisconsin, and the decades-old problem of untested sexual assault kits in Wisconsin.  Read More News And Views: Michael Haas, J Street, And Solving The Rape Kit Backlog

Justice Officials: Schimel and DOJ Solving 20-Year Rape Kit Problem In 3 Years

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 09:10
By M.D. Kittle - The DOJ's Wisconsin Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (WiSAKI) is not just rectifying decades-old failures in rape kit testing, it's changing attitudes, ideas, an entire culture of how law enforcement officials deal with sexual assault survivors, officials say.  Read More Justice Officials: Schimel and DOJ Solving 20-Year Rape Kit Problem In 3 Years

Amid Obamacare Death Spiral, Liberals Suddenly Appreciate Corporate Welfare

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 08:30
Perspective by Chris Rochester - Foes of President Donald Trump and Gov. Scott Walker have suddenly noticed that Obamacare is a disaster for middle-class Americans who don’t get federal subsidies. And they’ve abandoned their usual answer to the problem, now bemoaning the very corporate welfare that Obamacare can’t live without.  Read More Amid Obamacare Death Spiral, Liberals Suddenly Appreciate Corporate Welfare

On Vicki McKenna: Latest Data Reveals Little Has Changed In K-12 Education

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 13:52
MacIver research associate Ola Lisowski joins Vicki McKenna on News/Talk 1310 WIBA to talk about her latest report on K-12 education in Wisconsin. In a nutshell, the concerns of the past - underperforming schools being swept under the rug and poor outcomes all around - are the concerns of the present as students head back to school.  Read More On Vicki McKenna: Latest Data Reveals Little Has Changed In K-12 Education

MacIver News Minute: Latest K-12 Data Shows Too Many Kids Aren’t Making The Grade

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 13:09
The MacIver Institute's annual State of K-12 Education report shows that there's still a lot of room for improvement in a wide range of student achievement metrics. Flat ACT scores, unacceptable achievement gaps, woeful proficiency scores, and more - we simply have to do better.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Latest K-12 Data Shows Too Many Kids Aren’t Making The Grade

MacIver Report Extra: A Conversation With Sen. Ron Johnson

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 10:40
Senator Ron Johnson takes a short break from the round-the-clock Washington news cycle for an exclusive conversation with MacIver's Matt Kittle. They discuss the Kavanaugh nomination hearings, the late Sen. John McCain, and the latest on the homeland security front.  Read More MacIver Report Extra: A Conversation With Sen. Ron Johnson

The MacIver Institute’s State of Higher Education: 2018 Edition

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 00:00
By Ola Lisowski - Today, students in the University of Wisconsin System head back into their lecture halls for another year of sifting and winnowing. Yesterday, we reviewed the state of K-12 education, and now it’s a good time to take a look at how students in Wisconsin’s universities and colleges are faring.   Read More The MacIver Institute’s State of Higher Education: 2018 Edition

Dan Kohl’s J Street A Feeder, Endorser Of Far Left Candidates And Causes

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - While J Street’s main focus is Middle East policy, the activist group congressional candidate Dan Kohl helped craft keeps company with politicians bent on breaking ICE and breaking the bank with costly socialist experiments like Medicare for All.  Read More Dan Kohl’s J Street A Feeder, Endorser Of Far Left Candidates And Causes

Mike Haas And The Wisconsin Deep State

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 13:49
MacIver investigative reporter Matt Kittle joins Vicki McKenna on News/Talk 1310 WIBA to discuss Mike Haas, former Elections Commission head and John Doe villain, who retains a job at his old agency despite having been effectively fired by the Senate for his role in the infamous John Doe probes. It's the Wisconsin deep state - and it's all very familiar to anyone watching what's going on in Washington.  Read More Mike Haas And The Wisconsin Deep State

News And Views: Kimberly-Clark Bailout and New London’s Wheel Tax Windfall

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 10:18
MacIver investigative reporter Matt Kittle joins Oliver Burrows on WXCO in Wausau for their weekly roundup of the week's news. Up this week is the proposed Kimberly-Clark bailout that some company employees oppose and New London's wheel tax that isn't being used to fund road work.  Read More News And Views: Kimberly-Clark Bailout and New London’s Wheel Tax Windfall

Former Elections Chief Hanging Around Six Months After Stepping Down

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - In late February, following a bruising confirmation battle in the state Senate, Wisconsin Elections Commission chief Michael Haas offered the bureaucrat’s version of Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s “Old Soldiers” speech.  Read More Former Elections Chief Hanging Around Six Months After Stepping Down

MacIver News Minute: Kimberly-Clark Employees Blast Corporate Welfare

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 13:01
Not all employees at Kimberly-Clark's Wisconsin plants are excited about a proposal to bail out the struggling paper manufacturer. One company insider blasted the $117 million tax incentives plan as "legalized extortion" to prop up a profitable operation and make every company employee in the state a "welfare recipient."  Read More MacIver News Minute: Kimberly-Clark Employees Blast Corporate Welfare

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