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Data Release: School Choice Students Outperform Peers on ACT

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 10:42
By Ola Lisowski - A new data release from Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction shows that 42.4 percent of 3rd to 8th grade students are proficient in English language arts, and 43.8 percent are proficient in math. Students improved in math by one percentage point over last year, when 42.8 percent were proficient. At the same time, they fared worse in English language arts. Last year, 44.4 percent of students were proficient on the same exam.  Read More Data Release: School Choice Students Outperform Peers on ACT

News And Views: Wedding Barn Crackdown and State Medicaid Schemes

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 13:42
MacIver investigative report Matt Kittle joins Oliver Burrows on WXCO in Wausau for their weekly update. This week they talk about efforts in the Legislature to crack down on the emerging wedding barn business, state-level "Medicaid maximization" schemes, and of course the Packers' shutout of the Buffalo Bills.  Read More News And Views: Wedding Barn Crackdown and State Medicaid Schemes

MacIver Newsmakers: For Steve Nagy, Wedding Barn Crackdown Is All Too Familiar

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 00:00
Steve Nagy fled communism in his native Hungary in the 1950s, right on the heels of the takeover of his family's foodservice businesses by communist thugs. Over the decades since, Nagy has worked hard to achieve the American Dream, opening and running a successful wedding barn business. But now, a legislative committee many believe is rigged in favor of established alcohol and hospitality industry interests is eyeing new regulations that threaten to make history repeat itself. Nagy shares his story on this week's MacIver podcast.  Read More MacIver Newsmakers: For Steve Nagy, Wedding Barn Crackdown Is All Too Familiar

Wedding Barn Crackdown Moves Forward In Legislature

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 13:51
MacIver's Matt Kittle joins The John Muir Show on WTAQ to discuss efforts in the state Capitol to tighten regulations on agriculture-themed event venues, commonly known as wedding barns. Advocates for the emerging industry say the process is rigged in favor of big, established interests like traditional taverns, supper clubs, and banquet halls and it's an effort to use regulations to strangle competition.  Read More Wedding Barn Crackdown Moves Forward In Legislature

Madison’s Costly Broadband-For-All Plan Declared Dead On Arrival

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle and Chris Rochester - Madison’s costly broadband-for-all dream has gone out “with a whimper and not with a bang.”  Read More Madison’s Costly Broadband-For-All Plan Declared Dead On Arrival

MacIver News Minute: Students And Families Save Big With Early College Credit

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 13:57
Thanks to early college credit programs, students and parents are able to save big bucks on college tuition - $60 million or more in total, according to an estimate by the MacIver Institute.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Students And Families Save Big With Early College Credit

Wedding Barns Could Take A Big Hit Under ‘Protectionist’ Proposal

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - Steve Nagy fled his native communist Hungary as a 12-year-old boy. He knows what oppression looks like. The "wedding barn" owner says it looks a lot like what a Wisconsin legislative committee is contemplating.   Read More Wedding Barns Could Take A Big Hit Under ‘Protectionist’ Proposal

The ‘Court of Credibility’ and the Democrats’ Assault on Due Process

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 00:00
Special Guest Perspective by Dan O'Donnell - The Kavanaugh accusations are evidence that the left is abandoning the basic tenets of our justice system. When the accused is a conservative, Democrats are all too willing to abandon western civilization’s most deeply held notions of jurisprudence in the name of political victory.  Read More The ‘Court of Credibility’ and the Democrats’ Assault on Due Process

How Will Tony Evers Pay For His Plan To Spend $1.4 Billion More On K-12 System?

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 13:20
MacIver research associate and education specialist Ola Lisowski joins Vicki McKenna on News/Talk 1310 WIBA to discuss Tony Evers' plans to increase K-12 funding by $1.4 billion. Evers announced the spending bonanza at his annual State Of Education speech, but in remarks to the media afterwards he refused to specify how he plans to come up with the money.  Read More How Will Tony Evers Pay For His Plan To Spend $1.4 Billion More On K-12 System?

MacIver News Minute: Kooyenga Will Keep Pushing For A Low, Flat Income Tax

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 12:11
The author of last year's proposal to put Wisconsin on a glide path to a flat income tax isn't giving up. Rep. Dale Kooyenga plans to keep pushing to make his vision of a 3.95 percent flat tax, first introduced during the 2017-19 budget debate, a reality. The plan is similar to the MacIver Institute's "Glide Path To A 3% Flat Tax" and promises to make Wisconsin even more competitive in the 21st century.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Kooyenga Will Keep Pushing For A Low, Flat Income Tax

Johnson Wants Oversight, Accountability On State-Led Medicaid Schemes

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson wants to know what government officials intend to do about what has been described as “almost limitless” Medicaid funding schemes employed by states, gimmicks that could be costing federal taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.   Read More Johnson Wants Oversight, Accountability On State-Led Medicaid Schemes

Tony Evers’ Tax Increase Ideas: Shifting ‘Priorities’ Or ‘Recipe For Economic Disaster’?

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - Tony Evers wants more money for government - a lot more. Just how Evers plans to fund it all remains a bit murky, but one thing is certain: Somebody would have to pay for the candidate’s government expansion plans.  Read More Tony Evers’ Tax Increase Ideas: Shifting ‘Priorities’ Or ‘Recipe For Economic Disaster’?

Walker Honored At IBAW 2018 Manufacturing Summit

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 15:47
The Independent Business Association of Wisconsin award Governor Scott Walker its Bart Adams Award for his role in reviving Wisconsin's manufacturing sector at the 2018 Manufacturing Summit. Industry leaders also reflected on factors leading to recent successes and discussed how to confront current and future challenges facing manufacturing in the state.  Read More Walker Honored At IBAW 2018 Manufacturing Summit

Analysis: Evers DPI Budget Request Would Spend $1.4 Billion More

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 00:00
By Ola Lisowski - The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) budget, submitted by Evers on Monday, would spend $1.4 billion in state funding more than current levels. The plan amounts to a 10 percent increase over funding levels in the 2017-19 state budget.  Read More Analysis: Evers DPI Budget Request Would Spend $1.4 Billion More

Healy And Bott Discuss The Latest Marquette Poll And What It Means For Conservatives

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 13:07
The latest Marquette University Law School Poll showed Gov. Scott Walker down by 5 points to Tony Evers and state Sen. Leah Vukmir down 11 points to Sen. Tammy Baldwin. Does this mean there's a blue wave coming? Are conservatives going to stay home on election day? MacIver president Brett Healy and AFP-WI state director Eric Bott joins Matt Kittle on the Vicki McKenna Show, on News/Talk 1130 WISN, to discuss.  Read More Healy And Bott Discuss The Latest Marquette Poll And What It Means For Conservatives

The Morning News With Matt And Earl: Brett Healy Discusses Latest Marquette Poll

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 13:05
The latest Marquette University Law School Poll showed Gov. Scott Walker down by 5 points to Tony Evers and state Sen. Leah Vukmir down 11 points to Sen. Tammy Baldwin. Does this mean there's a blue wave coming? Are conservatives going to stay home on election day? MacIver president Brett Healy discusses the poll on The Morning News With Matt & Earl on WTAQ in Green Bay.  Read More The Morning News With Matt And Earl: Brett Healy Discusses Latest Marquette Poll

MacIver News Minute: UW-Madison Students Upset Over Course’s Treatment Of Jihad

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 11:54
Is jihad getting a bad rap in a UW-Madison political science class? One student who attended the first day of the class thinks the course, which directly ties the idea of jihad to terrorism, is biased and unfair to the notion of holy war against the enemies of Islam. Perhaps instead of just surveying the syllabus before taking his complaints to Facebook, the student should've heard the professor out.  Read More MacIver News Minute: UW-Madison Students Upset Over Course’s Treatment Of Jihad

Kooyenga Still Wants Wisconsin To Go To A Flat Tax

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 07:29
By M.D. Kittle - State Rep. Dale Kooyenga isn’t backing down on his ambitious plan to move Wisconsin to a flat income tax state.   Read More Kooyenga Still Wants Wisconsin To Go To A Flat Tax

MacIver Report Extra: Rep. Dale Kooyenga Outlines His Big Goals For Tax Reform

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 00:00
Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) discusses his vision for reforming Wisconsin's tax code. Kooyenga is an advocate for big, bold tax reform - particularly, getting Wisconsin on a glide path to a low, flat income tax.  Read More MacIver Report Extra: Rep. Dale Kooyenga Outlines His Big Goals For Tax Reform

On The John Muir Show: New London Bureaucrats Trying To Deceive The Public About Wheel Tax

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 13:09
MacIver's Bill Osmulski joins John Muir on WTAQ to discuss a follow-up to his report about New London's wheel tax windfall. According to the city's own budget, the money went into a general fund and wasn't segregated or spent on roads. The city's finance director disputes that in a recent local news article, but her denial is plainly refuted by her city's own budget.  Read More On The John Muir Show: New London Bureaucrats Trying To Deceive The Public About Wheel Tax

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