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A Constitution, If You Can Keep It

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 00:00
Special Guest Perspective by Dan O'Donnell - Call it a Tyranny of Good Intentions—government of, by and for those who consider themselves to be the most moral and most just with a governing document that can change as often as they change their minds.  Read More A Constitution, If You Can Keep It

As UW System Tuition Freeze Continues, Overall Tuition Balances Higher than Expected

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 00:00
By Ola Lisowski - On the fifth year of a system-wide tuition freeze, the University of Wisconsin System has a greater tuition balance than it predicted just a year ago. Documents from a UW Regents meeting show that for fiscal year 2018, the System will have $300.8 million in tuition balances. That’s 38 percent more than estimated in the 2017-18 operating budget, which predicted a $217.8 million balance.    Read More As UW System Tuition Freeze Continues, Overall Tuition Balances Higher than Expected

MacIver News Minute: Media Ignores Important Facts In Rape Kit Backlog Story

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 14:23
Attorney General Brad Schimel recently announced the Department of Justice has resolved the longstanding problem of a backlog of untested sexual assault kits. That might puzzle the average consumer of mainstream media reports, which have painted Schimel as a skinflint who put the decades-old backlog on the back burner. The media's been ignoring key facts about the backlog in order to push a narrative - they put the facts on the back burner.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Media Ignores Important Facts In Rape Kit Backlog Story

New London Officials Deny Wheel Tax Went Into General Fund – Contradicting City Budget

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 00:04
By Bill Osmulski - When a reporter questions a public official's claims about city finances, and there is a publicly available document that can prove it one way or the other - it is the responsibility of other journalists and a vigilant public to confirm or refute the claim based on the actual documentation. You don’t just take the public official’s word for it, who has been accused of being dishonest in the first place. That’s beyond lazy. It’s reckless.  Read More New London Officials Deny Wheel Tax Went Into General Fund – Contradicting City Budget

How Did Things Get So Bad At The Tomah VA?

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:34
MacIver investigative reporter Matt Kittle joins Vicki McKenna in the studio to talk about the troubled Tomah VA and lingering questions about Sen. Tammy Baldwin's handling of information that the facility was over-prescribing opioid pain killers so abusively it had earned the nickname "candy land."  Read More How Did Things Get So Bad At The Tomah VA?

Rising to the Occasion: There Are Better Ways to Fight Classroom Bias

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 00:00
MADISON, WI - During enrollment for the Fall 2018 semester at UW-Madison, student Ali Khan signed up for a political science class about terrorism to see whether or not it would be biased. It would appear that Khan showed up for the first day of class looking for controversy. After one class, Khan created an angry Facebook post, detailing his perceived bias of the course.  Read More Rising to the Occasion: There Are Better Ways to Fight Classroom Bias

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

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