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MacIver News Minute: Paperwork-Strained Docs Find Relief With Direct Primary Care

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 18:48
Nicole Hemkes was tired of being another "paper doctor" - just a few minutes with each patient followed by way too much paperwork. In December, Hemkes left that paper chase and opened a direct primary care clinic in the Madison area. Not only does this model of health care delivery get docs back to the basics - more time with patients and less insurance company paperwork - it has the potential to truly reduce the cost of quality health care.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Paperwork-Strained Docs Find Relief With Direct Primary Care

In Case You Missed It: GOP Raises DHS Funding Without Expanding Medicaid, Wind Energy Is Not Eco-Friendly, And Trump Continues To Deregulate

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 12:57
This week, the GOP-controlled Joint Finance Committee voted to expand DHS funding without expanding Medicaid; Wind Energy is found nowhere near as good as advertised; and Trump continues to deregulate as promised. Before your kids last day of school, here are some important articles for the fiscal conservative, in case you missed it.  Read More In Case You Missed It: GOP Raises DHS Funding Without Expanding Medicaid, Wind Energy Is Not Eco-Friendly, And Trump Continues To Deregulate

DOT Pushes Gas Tax Propaganda On Twitter, Conservatives Say

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 22:08
By M.D. Kittle - Is the Wisconsin Department of Transportation getting into the “propaganda” business? Some conservatives think so.   Read More DOT Pushes Gas Tax Propaganda On Twitter, Conservatives Say

ChartSmart: Transportation

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 00:00
By Ola Lisowski - Today's ChartSmart examines the Department of Transportation and related issues.   Read More ChartSmart: Transportation

Lawsuit Challenging Big Labor’s Tactics Pushes Back On Kaul’s Failure To Defend Right To Work

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 14:56
By M.D. Kittle - Right-to-work advocates may have just found a way to get around Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul’s failure to defend worker freedom.   Read More Lawsuit Challenging Big Labor’s Tactics Pushes Back On Kaul’s Failure To Defend Right To Work

How To Improve Transportation Without Revenue Raisers

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 09:09
By Bill Osmulski - It's irresponsible to ask Wisconsin taxpayers and drivers to shoulder a heavier burden before the state proves it can be trusted to "just fix it." The following recommendations would be a good start.   Read More How To Improve Transportation Without Revenue Raisers

GOP-Led Finance Committee Passes Hefty Health Services Budget — With No Medicaid Expansion

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - Republicans on the Legislature’s budget-writing committee upped the ante Tuesday on Health and Welfare spending, proposing a huge increases in a litany of government programs and initiatives.   Read More GOP-Led Finance Committee Passes Hefty Health Services Budget — With No Medicaid Expansion

Poisonous Gas

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 00:00
Dan O’Donnell on why Wisconsin is wise not to follow Illinois’ lead in raising its gas tax.  Read More Poisonous Gas

Republicans Provide Alternates to Evers’ Proposed Gas Tax Hike

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 09:18
As Gov. Evers backtracks on his pledge to build “people’s budget” after learning the people oppose his gas tax plan, Republican lawmakers are pitching their own solutions to increase road funding and find cost savings along the way without raising taxes. MNS’ Bill Osmulski has more.  Read More Republicans Provide Alternates to Evers’ Proposed Gas Tax Hike

MacIver News Minute: Indexing Is Taxation Without Representation

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 00:00
British colonists started a revolution and founded a nation in large part based on a basic, rhyming principle: No taxation without representation. Two and a half centuries later, some in government still haven’t learned. Case-in-point: Gov. Tony Evers’ budget, which includes annual increases in the gas tax tied to the rate of inflation to help pay for Wisconsin’s road projects - and let future Legislatures off the hook when it comes to raising taxes.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Indexing Is Taxation Without Representation

ChartSmart: Health Care, FoodShare, and Other Welfare Programs

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 00:00
By Ola Lisowski - Today, the Joint Finance Committee will be voting on agency budgets for the Department of Health Services and the Department of Children and Families.  Read More ChartSmart: Health Care, FoodShare, and Other Welfare Programs

Advocate: Evers’ Nursing Home Budget Increase Doesn’t Add Up

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - Gov. Tony Evers calls his rate increase for Wisconsin nursing homes the largest in over a decade. But a closer look at the numbers shows Evers’ proposed 2.5 percent general rate increase for nursing homes isn’t technically even the largest funding jump in the past three years.   Read More Advocate: Evers’ Nursing Home Budget Increase Doesn’t Add Up

Republicans Provide Alternatives to Evers’ Proposed Gas Tax Hike

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 15:40
As Gov. Evers backtracks on his pledge to build “people’s budget” after learning the people oppose his gas tax plan, Republican lawmakers are pitching their own solutions to increase road funding and find cost savings along the way without raising taxes. MNS’ Bill Osmulski has more.  Read More Republicans Provide Alternatives to Evers’ Proposed Gas Tax Hike

Dem Activists Seek To Remove Voter Proof-Of-Residency Requirements

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 15:37
By M.D. Kittle - Despite growing concerns over voter integrity, Democratic Party activists want to get rid of proof-of-address requirements to register to vote, a move the vice chair of the Assembly's Elections committee calls "foolish."    Read More Dem Activists Seek To Remove Voter Proof-Of-Residency Requirements

Before the Vote: What to Know About Health Care and Welfare in the 2019-21 Budget

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 15:19
By Ola Lisowski & Chris Rochester - Wisconsin’s powerful budget-writing committee will be taking up agency budgets for the Department of Health Services (DHS) and Department of Children and Families (DCF) Tuesday.   Read More Before the Vote: What to Know About Health Care and Welfare in the 2019-21 Budget

In Case You Missed It: Dems Cry Poverty For The UW System, No Way Medicaid Expansion Can Continue With Soaring Debt, And Vos Takes Gas Tax Hike Off The Table

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 13:34
This week, the GOP fought against the narrative of an impoverished UW System; Medicaid expansion cannot plausibly be continued as the national debt soars; and Vos took the gas tax hike off the table. Before you enjoy the unofficial start of summer, here are some important articles for the fiscal conservative, in case you missed it.  Read More In Case You Missed It: Dems Cry Poverty For The UW System, No Way Medicaid Expansion Can Continue With Soaring Debt, And Vos Takes Gas Tax Hike Off The Table

MacIver News Minute: Don’t Fall For “Free” Federal Medicaid Money Scheme

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 13:46
The phrase "Ponzi Scheme" is already taken, but taxpayers could be forgiven for thinking the federal government's "free" Medicaid money pledge is a pyramid scheme in the making. Free money skeptics have plenty of reasons to think it's only a matter of time before the federal government backs off its promises to continue offering a more generous match rate for states that accept Medicaid expansion cash and leave states holding the very expensive bag.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Don’t Fall For “Free” Federal Medicaid Money Scheme

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