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Soglin Seeks Spending Discipline As City Mulls Broadband-For-All Boondoggle

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - Big Government Mayor Paul Soglin says he wants his departments to keep a close eye on spending, even as the city just can’t seem to quit a costly broadband-for-all plan.   Read More Soglin Seeks Spending Discipline As City Mulls Broadband-For-All Boondoggle

The MacIver Report: Wisconsin This Week – Republican Convention Wrap-up

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 12:05
MacIver's Chris Rochester was at the Republican Party of Wisconsin state convention last weekend. He sits down with Bill Osmulski to talk about his experience at the statewide gathering of Republican volunteers and elected officials in a critical election year. We also include Paul Ryan's last convention speech as a member of Congress, just before he was honored onstage by Gov. Walker and Wisconsin's entire Republican congressional delegation.  Read More The MacIver Report: Wisconsin This Week – Republican Convention Wrap-up

MacIver News Minute: Illinois is Incensed that Wisconsin Won’t Have to Pay for Its Smog Dumping Anymore

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 11:44
Illinois has been spewing its smog over Lake Michigan for years, and southeastern Wisconsin has been paying the price. The Trump EPA realized the folly of this and reversed course recently, but that isn't stopping the smog dumpers in Illinois like the state's AG, Lisa Madigan, from throwing a fit and filing a lawsuit over the commonsense decision.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Illinois is Incensed that Wisconsin Won’t Have to Pay for Its Smog Dumping Anymore

Public To Weigh In On Ugly MPS Budget This Week

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 00:00
By Ola Lisowski - With school board meetings slated for Tuesday and Thursday evening, Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) will move closer to finalizing its $1.17 billion 2018-19 budget this week.   Read More Public To Weigh In On Ugly MPS Budget This Week

Pictures Of Sabina Burton: Whistleblower Of University Misconduct Or Obsessed Professor?

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 17:30
By M.D. Kittle - In the age of #MeToo and campus speech battles, whistleblower Professor Sabina Burton’s fight to keep her job is of particular interest.   Read More Pictures Of Sabina Burton: Whistleblower Of University Misconduct Or Obsessed Professor?

News and Views: Professor Sabina Burton and EPA’s Ozone Ruling

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 11:09
MacIver Investigative Reporter Matt Kittle joins Oliver Burrows on WXCO in Wausau for his weekly discussion of Wisconsin news and politics. Up this week - a discussion of the case of embattled UW-Platteville professor Sabina Burton and the EPA's change of course on unnecessary smog rules for southeastern Wisconsin.  Read More News and Views: Professor Sabina Burton and EPA’s Ozone Ruling

MacIver News Minute: “Dues Skim” Diverts Hundreds of Millions of Medicaid Dollars into Union Coffers

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 12:06
Public employee unions in 11 states have convinced their legislatures to classify home health workers as government employees, essentially forcing them into union membership and diverting $200 million in Medicaid funds each year into union coffers. Other states could look to Wisconsin - which outlawed this scheme in 2011 - to stymie this union scam.  Read More MacIver News Minute: “Dues Skim” Diverts Hundreds of Millions of Medicaid Dollars into Union Coffers

States Could Help Protect Their Most Vulnerable by Stopping Unions from Skimming Money

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 11:44
By Brett Healy - In an op-ed published in The Hill, MacIver President Brett Healy writes, "Wisconsin protects its most vulnerable, but in 11 other states, those needing in-home-care aren’t so lucky. In those states, home caregivers — many of whom are looking after loved ones in their own homes —  may be trapped into paying unions dues thanks to union-backed laws classifying them as government workers."  Read More States Could Help Protect Their Most Vulnerable by Stopping Unions from Skimming Money

Whistleblower UW-Platteville Professor Takes Her Case To UW Regents

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 16:28
By M.D. Kittle - Embattled University of Wisconsin-Platteville political science professor and whistleblower Sabina Burton has one more chance to make her case to keep her job.   Read More Whistleblower UW-Platteville Professor Takes Her Case To UW Regents

Smog Dumper Illinois Has a Conniption After EPA’s Wisconsin Ruling

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - For years, Chicago, Northwest Indiana and parts south and north have been sending their pollution to Wisconsin, particularly southeast Wisconsin.   Read More Smog Dumper Illinois Has a Conniption After EPA’s Wisconsin Ruling

MacIver News Minute: UW Medical Foundation Gives Generously to Left-Wing Causes

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 15:07
A charitable fund established to improve health outcomes for Wisconsinites has become a funder of housing and gardening projects – as well as a variety of left-wing advocacy groups - keeping a legion of washed up progressives employed. The political spending is "close to criminal,” said a former insurance executive who shepherded the fund’s creation.  Read More MacIver News Minute: UW Medical Foundation Gives Generously to Left-Wing Causes

Kittle on Vicki McKenna: The MPS La La Land and Senator Lena Taylor

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 14:50
Matt Kittle discusses the unfolding situation with Sen. Lena Taylor and the failure of Milwaukee Public Schools and its union to get a handle on a looming budget deficit.  Read More Kittle on Vicki McKenna: The MPS La La Land and Senator Lena Taylor

Trump Asks Congress to Rescind $15 Billion in Unnecessary Spending

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 13:03
By Chris Rochester - President Trump today did something all too rare in Washington - he found an excuse NOT to spend money.  Read More Trump Asks Congress to Rescind $15 Billion in Unnecessary Spending

News And Views: Fantasy Land at Milwaukee Public Schools

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 12:13
MacIver Communications Director Chris Rochester joins Oliver Burrows on WXCO in Wausau to discuss the fantasy land that bureaucrats at MPS and its union are living in. While the district is staring down a $40 million budget shortfall, the union is proposing doubling the district's budget and the school board is rejecting common-sense ways to save money proposed by outgoing Superintendent Darienne Driver.  Read More News And Views: Fantasy Land at Milwaukee Public Schools

MacIver Report Extra: Senator Duey Stroebel on Referendum Reform

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 09:31
Bill Osmulski sits down with Sen. Duey Stroebel in the MacIver studio to talk about the need for referendum reform, what's been done to protect taxpayers so far, and what else can be done.  Read More MacIver Report Extra: Senator Duey Stroebel on Referendum Reform

MPS Fantasy Land Deals With Fiscal Reality While Union Demands More

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - Days after audaciously asserting Milwaukee Public Schools “needs” to double its $1 billion budget, the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association is flirting with the ’S word,’ if the district doesn’t back off on budget cut talk.   Read More MPS Fantasy Land Deals With Fiscal Reality While Union Demands More

News And Views: UW Medical Foundation Fund Gives Generously to Liberal Causes

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 12:09
MacIver Investigative Reporter Matt Kittle joins Oliver Burrows on WXCO in Wausau for his weekly discussion of Wisconsin news and politics. Up this week - a public fund at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health devoted to making “Wisconsin a healthier state for all” has become a funder of housing and gardening projects – as well as a variety of left-wing issue advocacy groups.  Read More News And Views: UW Medical Foundation Fund Gives Generously to Liberal Causes

MacIver News Minute: Insanity on Parade in Madison Broadband Boondoggle

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 11:15
Forget the fact that Madison is already one of the nation's most digitally connected cities. Forget the half-million dollar failed broadband pilot project. Forget that private sector internet providers are already offering options for low-income residents. Madison politicians and bureaucrats sure are - despite all those inconvenient truths, they're forging ahead with a city-owned broadband boondoggle that could cost taxpayers as much as $130 million. Isn't that the definition of insanity?  Read More MacIver News Minute: Insanity on Parade in Madison Broadband Boondoggle

Johnson Seeks Answers On Medicaid ‘Skimming’ By Unions

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 12:20
By M.D. Kittle - U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson wants answers about what many see as a $200 million, taxpayer-funded scam designed to fatten big labor’s wallet.  Read More Johnson Seeks Answers On Medicaid ‘Skimming’ By Unions

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