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MacIver Report Extra: Dr. Josh Umbehr Describes Cost-Saving Potential of Direct Primary Care

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 16:27
A 21-year-old woman battling a brain tumor might be all the evidence direct primary care advocates need that their innovative health care model works for people. The young woman's chemo would cost $24,000 over six months under traditional insurance. But her doctor, Josh Umbehr, can give her the same treatment for $1,900. That's just one of many ways DPC saves patients money and improves care. Dr. Umbehr discussed the money-saving potential of direct primary care with MacIver's Matt Kittle.  Read More MacIver Report Extra: Dr. Josh Umbehr Describes Cost-Saving Potential of Direct Primary Care

Will Bad Politics Kill a Great Free Market Healthcare Reform?

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 15:01
By Chris Rochester - To regulate, or not to regulate? That’s the question facing a legislative committee studying direct primary care, an exciting health care innovation experts say could transform how people get their care while significantly reducing costs.  Read More Will Bad Politics Kill a Great Free Market Healthcare Reform?

Crazy Like a Foxconn Opponent

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 00:00
Special Guest Perspective By Dan O'Donnell - It didn’t take a single word, just a show of hands to reveal just how unserious Wisconsin’s Democratic Party has become. “Who on this stage would kill or stop the Foxconn deal?” moderator Mitch Teich asked the eight Democratic gubernatorial candidates in this month’s primary debate on the UW-Milwaukee campus. Five hands shot proudly in the air.  Read More Crazy Like a Foxconn Opponent

MacIver News Minute: Is Scott Walker The Education Governor?

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 18:00
Liberals no doubt chortled when Gov. Scott Walker recently called himself the "education governor." But put aside the left-wing talking points and take a look at the facts - Walker has added funding for K-12 and, more importantly, greatly expanded the state's school choice options, giving families who aren't rich the means to send their children to a school that they decide is best for them.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Is Scott Walker The Education Governor?

“Like Winning The Lottery” – Adamczyk Discusses State’s Generous Pension Payouts

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 09:49
Wisconsin State Treasurer Matt Adamczyk joins MacIver's Matt Kittle on the Dan Conry Show, on News/Talk 1310 WIBA, to discuss a revealing report from the state Department of Employee Trust Funds. While most people think taxpayer funded pensions are supposed to pay out a percentage of a retired state employee's salary, it turns out many are making much more. One pensioner, for example, makes more than $751,000 - five times their state salary when they were at their earnings peak.  Read More “Like Winning The Lottery” – Adamczyk Discusses State’s Generous Pension Payouts

News And Views: Is Governor Walker The Education Governor?

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 09:45
Is Scott Walker the "education governor," as he recently branded himself? While the liberals chortle and ignore everything that's happened over the past seven years, there is plenty of evidence that he's indeed the education governor - especially when it comes to school choice. MacIver Education Analyst Ola Lisowski joins Oliver Burrows on WXCO in Wausau to discuss her latest.  Read More News And Views: Is Governor Walker The Education Governor?

On Vicki McKenna: Some State Government Pensioners Collect Windfall in Retirement

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 09:44
MacIver Investigative Reporter Matt Kittle discusses his report on generous pension payouts for some Wisconsin retirees on the Vicki McKenna Show, on News/Talk 1310 WIBA. While most people think taxpayer funded pensions are supposed to pay out a percentage of a retired state employee's salary, it turns out many are making much more. One pensioner, for example, makes more than $751,000 - five times their state salary when they were at their earnings peak.  Read More On Vicki McKenna: Some State Government Pensioners Collect Windfall in Retirement

For Some State Pensioners, Retirement Is ‘Like Winning The Lottery’

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - For many Wisconsin public employees, there’s a comfortable retirement waiting at the end of their government service. For some, their state pension jackpot pays out the kind of retirement income that many Americans can only dream of.   Read More For Some State Pensioners, Retirement Is ‘Like Winning The Lottery’

News And Views: Smug Peter Strzok, Union Medicaid Skim, and Local Road Funding

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 14:19
MacIver Communications Director Chris Rochester joins Oliver Burrows on WXCO in Wausau to discuss the latest stories at MacIver - the smug contempt of Peter Strzok and eerie parallels with Wisconsin's infamous John Doe investigations, feds take steps to end the $200 million "dues skim" that fattens big labor's wallet, and local officials are failing to properly prioritize basic road upkeep.  Read More News And Views: Smug Peter Strzok, Union Medicaid Skim, and Local Road Funding

Report: School Referenda Have Raised Taxes by $9.7 Billion Since 1999

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 10:19
A new data report released today shows that voters have raised taxes by $9.7 billion in school referenda in the last 19 years. The analysis, released by the Wheeler Report, provides an extensive look into the history of referenda since 1999.   Read More Report: School Referenda Have Raised Taxes by $9.7 Billion Since 1999

On Vicki McKenna: Local Roads Clearly Not A Local Priority

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 09:47
MacIver News Director Bill Osmulski joins Vicki McKenna on News/Talk 1310 WIBA to discuss his investigation into how local governments are prioritizing their own local road repairs. It appears many of them aren't. Instead of making road upkeep a budget priority, a basic responsibility of local government, many are simply pointing the finger of blame at Madison in the hopes of securing more state aid.  Read More On Vicki McKenna: Local Roads Clearly Not A Local Priority

Local Roads Clearly Not A Local Priority

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 00:00
An Analysis By Bill Osmulski - Local governments have more than enough funding available to maintain their roads – it’s just not a high enough priority to them. What’s worse, by neglecting road repairs, they seem to believe they can manufacture a crisis as a way to get more state funding. There’s no reason why most of them can’t address their road funding needs with existing resources.  Read More Local Roads Clearly Not A Local Priority

On the Dan Conry Show: Is Scott Walker the “Education Governor?”

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 13:36
Gov. Scott Walker recently said that he's the "education governor," and you could hear the guffaws from the left, who like to claim Walker has all but gutted education in Wisconsin. But the facts the governor's critics conveniently ignore paint a very different picture than the one they prefer. MacIver education analyst Ola Lisowski joins Matt Kittle on the Dan Conry Show on News/Talk 1310 WIBA to discuss her latest.  Read More On the Dan Conry Show: Is Scott Walker the “Education Governor?”

Is Walker the Education Governor? 

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 00:00
Perspective by Ola Lisowski - At a recent event, Gov. Scott Walker called himself the “education governor.” You could almost hear the guffaws from Democratic gubernatorial candidates’ campaign headquarters. Let’s take a look at the numbers - Is Walker right? You decide.   Read More Is Walker the Education Governor? 

Ozaukee County Judge Wants More Deliberation In Court Misconduct Investigation

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - A former Dane County judge may have concluded his investigation into allegations of administrative misconduct in the Ozaukee County Court system, but that’s not the end of this story.   Read More Ozaukee County Judge Wants More Deliberation In Court Misconduct Investigation

On The Jay Weber Show: Healy, Bott Roundtable Discussion of Upcoming Primaries, New Poll

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 10:56
MacIver President Brett Healy and AFP-Wisconsin State Director Eric Bott join Matt Kittle, guest hosting for Jay Weber, to discuss the latest in the race for governor and U.S. Senate.  Read More On The Jay Weber Show: Healy, Bott Roundtable Discussion of Upcoming Primaries, New Poll

On The John Muir Show: Healy Breaks Down Latest Poll Results, Handicaps Dem Race For Governor

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 10:54
MacIver President Brett Healy analyzes the U.S. Senate primary between Kevin Nicholson and Leah Vukmir and handicaps the Democrat field for governor as we enter the home stretch before the critical August 14 primary election.  Read More On The John Muir Show: Healy Breaks Down Latest Poll Results, Handicaps Dem Race For Governor

MacIver News Minute: On Heels of Janus, Another Big Labor Cash Grab Is On The Chopping Block

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 09:09
These are tough days for Big Labor. On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Janus v. AFSCME, the Trump administration is now taking steps to end another union cash grab. The federal CMS is moving to end a union scam diverting some $200 million in Medicaid funds into union coffers from home caregivers, who they convinced state legislatures to classify as government workers, allowing them to be forced into the union.  Read More MacIver News Minute: On Heels of Janus, Another Big Labor Cash Grab Is On The Chopping Block

41 Conservative Groups Urge Support for Scalise/McKinley Anti-Carbon Tax Resolution

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 00:00
The MacIver Institute joined a coalition of 41 conservative groups in opposition to any carbon tax. In a letter to Congress, coalition members expressed their support for a congressional resolution that highlights the detrimental effects of carbon taxes on the American economy.  Read More 41 Conservative Groups Urge Support for Scalise/McKinley Anti-Carbon Tax Resolution

Peter Strzok, John Doe, and Investigative Tyranny

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 00:00
Special Guest Perspective By Dan O'Donnell - The smirk was unmistakable; the defiant, self-satisfied smugness of a man who knew the extent of the abuse of his power and dared the world to punish him for it.  FBI agent Peter Strzok's performance in last week's joint hearing of the House's Judiciary and Oversight Committees was less fact-finding than it was character-revealing. And in Wisconsin, it was all too familiar...  Read More Peter Strzok, John Doe, and Investigative Tyranny

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