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Wisconsin Free Market Groups: Senate Was Right to Reject Kimberly-Clark Bailout

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 10:09
Last week, a proposal to give paper manufacturer Kimberly-Clark the same tax credit package as was given to Foxconn died in the state Senate. The death of this “pay-to-stay” proposal is a victory for free market principles, and we applaud senators who stood up and refused to support it.  Read More Wisconsin Free Market Groups: Senate Was Right to Reject Kimberly-Clark Bailout

Tax Conformity Brings Quiet Tax Relief

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 00:21
By M.D. Kittle - While it didn’t get much press (and probably won’t), a “conformity” bill headed to Gov. Scott Walker’s desk is expected to quietly deliver tax relief in the millions of dollars.   Read More Tax Conformity Brings Quiet Tax Relief

Tax Reforms Remove Long-Standing ‘Expenses’ Tax Deduction For Congress

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 00:12
By M.D. Kittle - Members of congress will no longer get a sweet deduction on “living expenses” under the Republican-led Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.   Read More Tax Reforms Remove Long-Standing ‘Expenses’ Tax Deduction For Congress

Republicans Call Extraordinary Session To Outmaneuver Activist Judges

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 16:21
MacIver News Video - Republican lawmakers were hardly shocked when a Dane County judge sided with former US Attorney General Eric Holder, and ruled that the state had to hold special elections for two open seats before the general election in November.  Read More Republicans Call Extraordinary Session To Outmaneuver Activist Judges

Assembly Passes Expanded Background Checks, Tax Relief In ‘Extraordinary’ Session

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 20:00
By M.D. Kittle - Between heated debate on school safety and last-minute amendments expanding firearm background checks, the state Assembly on Thursday passed some key conservative reforms and tax breaks for Wisconsin families and shoppers.  Read More Assembly Passes Expanded Background Checks, Tax Relief In ‘Extraordinary’ Session

MacIver News Minute: Wisconsin’s Problem With Tax Migration

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 16:48
Tens of thousands of Wisconsinites have moved out of the Badger State in recent years, taking billions in income with them, IRS data shows. Wisconsin must continue to improve its tax and regulatory climate to make our state the best place possible to live and work if it wants to get serious in the national battle for population growth.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Wisconsin’s Problem With Tax Migration

Senate Passes Tax Breaks, Juvenile Corrections Reform After Last-Minute Deals

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 19:28
By M.D. Kittle and Chris Rochester - A trio of last-minute deals Tuesday between bickering GOP Senate and Assembly leadership secured passage of key parts of Gov. Scott Walker’s agenda during the Senate’s last floor period of the legislative session.   Read More Senate Passes Tax Breaks, Juvenile Corrections Reform After Last-Minute Deals

The MacIver Report: Wisconsin This Week – Back In The Saddle!

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:43
After a week off, the studio resembles a hospital waiting room as Team MacIver is all in some stage of illness, but duty calls! The Legislature is in the final days of this legislative session, but Assembly and Senate gridlock threatens some of Gov. Walker's top priorities like his school safety package and sales tax holiday. The team talks about all the Capitol intrigue and Matt Kittle interviews U.S. Navy veteran Mark Fink, who was both a caregiver and a patient at the troubled Tomah VA Medical Center.  Read More The MacIver Report: Wisconsin This Week – Back In The Saddle!

MacIver News Minute: Eric Holder Campaigns For Dallet, But Here’s His Real Legacy

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 11:42
Eric Holder made a swing through Wisconsin to campaign for liberal Supreme Court candidate Rebecca Dallet, but the fawning media forgot about the former Obama attorney general's real legacy. The only AG ever held in contempt of Congress, Holder rarely hesitated to use the power of big government for politics - from the deadly "Operation Fast And Furious" gun-running operation, to spying on journalists, to harassing choice schools.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Eric Holder Campaigns For Dallet, But Here’s His Real Legacy

Senator: Trump Administration Encourages Wisconsin To Push For Welfare Reform Waivers

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - The Wisconsin Legislature's most recent package of nine welfare reform bills is receiving a warm welcome from the Trump administration, according to the lawmaker who helped lead the package to passage.   Read More Senator: Trump Administration Encourages Wisconsin To Push For Welfare Reform Waivers

Over $460 million in Income Leaves Wisconsin Every Year

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 00:00
By Ola Lisowski - Thousands of Wisconsinites leave the Badger State every year, taking millions of dollars with them - a bleak trend highlighted by recent Internal Revenue Service data. An average of $463 million left the state annually from 2011 to 2016, according to tax records.  Read More Over $460 million in Income Leaves Wisconsin Every Year

Without the Individual Mandate’s Tax, Obamacare Should Fall Apart in Court

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 00:00
Guest Perspective By Brad Schimel and Ken Paxton - Through our multi-state lawsuit, we hope to restore the rule of law to our health care markets. Then the president and Congress can pursue the health care reform it actually has the authority to enact.  Read More Without the Individual Mandate’s Tax, Obamacare Should Fall Apart in Court

Assembly Plans Special Legislative Session for Walker’s School Safety Package

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 13:45
Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke discusses the Assembly's plans for a special session to take up a $100 million package of school safety bills proposed by Gov. Scott Walker. The chamber will not take up non-special session bills when it returns, he said. Steineke joins MacIver's Matt Kittle, filling in for Vicki McKenna on News/Talk 1130 WISN.  Read More Assembly Plans Special Legislative Session for Walker’s School Safety Package

Assembly To Hold Special Session On Walker School Safety Plan

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 08:52
By M.D. Kittle - The Assembly will come back for a special session to take up a package of school safety bills, but it doesn’t intend to take up any other measures, according to a top Republican lawmaker.  Read More Assembly To Hold Special Session On Walker School Safety Plan

Navy Veteran Mark Fink Shares His Story as a Tomah VA Nurse and, Later, Patient

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 15:20
Mark Fink knew something wasn't right when he joined the staff at the Tomah VA Medical Center - the overprescription of powerful prescription drugs was rampant. But when he became a patient himself, the 20-year Navy veteran personally felt the toll that the facility's reckless medical practices has taken on veterans. After a suicide attempt, Mark's wife re-took control of his care and they left the VA behind. Today, Mark says, not much has changed at the Tomah VA. Fink and his wife join MacIver's Matt Kittle as he guest hosts for Vicki McKenna on News/Talk 1130 WISN.  Read More Navy Veteran Mark Fink Shares His Story as a Tomah VA Nurse and, Later, Patient

MacIver News Minute: How Are Our Schools Doing? New Data Provides Answers

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 14:08
New data from the Department of Public Instruction sheds light on the performance of Wisconsin's K-12 public schools, and it's a mixed bag. Graduation rates are up, students are taking more AP exams and scoring better on them, and ACT scores held steady. Notably, the number of students going on to a post-secondary institution is down significantly over the past 5 years.  Read More MacIver News Minute: How Are Our Schools Doing? New Data Provides Answers

Eric Holder, Who Abused Justice, To Stump For Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 00:57
By M.D. Kittle - Eric Holder, the former attorney general who took his brand of political activism law enforcement to the post, was no hero to the constitution, which he routinely twisted and tortured in the name of left-wing politics.  Read More Eric Holder, Who Abused Justice, To Stump For Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate

K-12 Performance in Milwaukee, Madison, and Green Bay: A Deeper Dive

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 13:05
The Department of Public Instruction recently released a slew of data. Check out our deeper dive into the numbers and learn about achievement gaps and the performance of notable districts around Wisconsin.  Read More K-12 Performance in Milwaukee, Madison, and Green Bay: A Deeper Dive

MacIver News Minute: The Curious Case Of Ozaukee’s Missing Family Services Budget

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 10:59
The Ozaukee County Circuit Court charges people fees for family court services. The problem is, though the county charges the fees, it neither puts the money in a required segregated fund nor offers the services it's charging for - both of which are required by state law. It's just the latest in a string of revelations about striking dysfunction in Ozaukee County's court system.  Read More MacIver News Minute: The Curious Case Of Ozaukee’s Missing Family Services Budget

How Secretary Dave Ross Changed The Work Culture At DOT

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 00:36
By Bill Osmulski - Ross realized these problems were years in the making and their causes were firmly entrenched in the DOT bureaucracy. But he wasn’t about to write off the people who worked at the DOT. He believed they just needed the opportunity and motivation to unleash their potential. That’s why from day one, he emphasized culture change. That meant asking tough questions – a lot of them.  Read More How Secretary Dave Ross Changed The Work Culture At DOT

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