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MacIver Report Extra: Wisconsin and the U.S. Energy Renaissance

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 00:00
Dr. R. Dean Foreman, chief economist at the American Petroleum Institute, was in Madison for a Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce event this week. MacIver's Bill Osmulski sits down with him to talk about the U.S. energy renaissance, Wisconsin's energy market, and emerging trends in natural gas, oil, and gasoline in this week's MacIver Report Extra podcast.  Read More MacIver Report Extra: Wisconsin and the U.S. Energy Renaissance

Data Release: Average K-12 Public School Administrator Earned Over $96,000 in 2017

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 00:00
MacIver News Service - A new data release shows the average Wisconsin public school administrator made more than three times the statewide per capita income in the 2017-18 school year. These administrator salaries averaged $96,249 per year, totaling $126,617 with benefits.  Read More Data Release: Average K-12 Public School Administrator Earned Over $96,000 in 2017

Double Standard? Wisconsin Senate Candidate Once Railed Against ‘White Male Entitlement’

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - Julie Henszey, a Democrat candidate for the 5th Senate District seat, has posted some inflammatory rants on her personal Facebook page - mostly diatribes against white Christian men and their “power.”  Read More Double Standard? Wisconsin Senate Candidate Once Railed Against ‘White Male Entitlement’

All The Racism That’s Fit to Print

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 00:00
Special Guest Perspective By Dan O'Donnell -   Read More All The Racism That’s Fit to Print

Cancel The ‘Blue Wave’ – Poll Finds GOP Advantage In Key Wisconsin Districts

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - A newly released poll provides a compelling counterpoint to the Democratic Party “Blue Wave” narrative - at least in the Wisconsin Legislature.  Read More Cancel The ‘Blue Wave’ – Poll Finds GOP Advantage In Key Wisconsin Districts

On The John Muir Show: Thanks to Act 10, School Districts Save $3.2 Billion on Benefits Alone

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 12:08
Wisconsin school districts have saved $3.2 billion in employee benefits costs since Act 10 was enacted in 2011, new state data shows. Gov. Scott Walker’s collective bargaining reform gave districts more flexibility to find better deals on employee health insurance, resulting in benefits costs being 60 percent lower today than if the prior trend had continued. MacIver research associate Ola Lisowski joins John Muir on WTAQ in Green Bay to discuss her latest report.  Read More On The John Muir Show: Thanks to Act 10, School Districts Save $3.2 Billion on Benefits Alone

News And Views: Act 10 Savings, Pork Barrel Spending, and Bureaucrat Benefits

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 11:56
MacIver investigative reporter Matt Kittle joins Oliver Burrows on WXCO in Wausau for their weekly update - $3.2 billion in school district health benefits savings thanks to Act 10, lavish sick leave and pension benefits for state government retirees, and more pork barrel spending in The Swamp.  Read More News And Views: Act 10 Savings, Pork Barrel Spending, and Bureaucrat Benefits

MacIver News Minute: Act 10 Saved School Districts $3.2 Billion in Benefits Costs Alone

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 10:48
Act 10 is truly the gift that keeps on giving. New data shows just how much - thanks to the flexibility offered by the landmark budget reform, school districts have been able to shop around for their employee health insurance benefits. That's led to an astounding $3.2 billion in savings just on health benefits, 60 percent lower than if the trend before Act 10 had continued.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Act 10 Saved School Districts $3.2 Billion in Benefits Costs Alone

Cedarburg School Referendum Survey Raises Bias Concerns

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 00:00
By Chris Rochester - Cedarburg School District officials are moving forward with a referendum asking voters to approve $59.8 million in new spending. However, local critics say the decision to go ahead with the referendum was based on the results of a biased survey that was designed to show overwhelming community support whether it existed or not.  Read More Cedarburg School Referendum Survey Raises Bias Concerns

Schimel: Obamacare Lawsuit Moving Forward

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 15:43
By M.D. Kittle - The Wisconsin Department of Justice’s case against Obamacare is moving toward a resolution, Attorney General Brad Schimel says.   Read More Schimel: Obamacare Lawsuit Moving Forward

On Vicki McKenna: Act 10 Saves School Districts $3.2 Billion in Benefits Costs

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 15:13
Wisconsin school districts have saved $3.2 billion in employee benefits costs since Act 10 was enacted in 2011, new state data shows. Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining reform gave districts more flexibility to find better deals on employee health insurance, resulting in benefits costs being 60 percent lower today than if the prior trend had continued. MacIver research associate Ola Lisowski joins the Vicki McKenna Show on News/Talk 1130 WISN to discuss her latest.  Read More On Vicki McKenna: Act 10 Saves School Districts $3.2 Billion in Benefits Costs

Since Act 10, School Districts Have Saved $3.2 Billion in Benefits Costs

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 00:00
By Ola Lisowski - Since Act 10's passage, Wisconsin school districts have saved more than $3.2 billion in benefit costs. Today, just 6.4 percent of districts pay employee premiums in full. That’s a far cry from 2010-11, when 43 percent of all districts paid the the entirety of their employee premiums on single plans every month.  Read More Since Act 10, School Districts Have Saved $3.2 Billion in Benefits Costs

MacIver News Minute: Outlandish Perks for Public Employees Highlight Need for Reform

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 12:08
The next time someone peddles a sob story about how rough government workers have it, remind them of the retiree who collected over $1 million in converted sick leave compensation, or the one who gets a pension payout of $750,000. While these examples are the exception to the rule, there are enough outliers to boil the blood of the average private sector worker, whose tax dollars still bankroll a lot of bloat in government.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Outlandish Perks for Public Employees Highlight Need for Reform

Lawmakers: Time To Cap Sick Pay ‘Golden Health Care Parachutes’

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - Lawmakers say reforms to a state employee benefits system that includes “golden health care parachutes” for some retirees are long overdue.   Read More Lawmakers: Time To Cap Sick Pay ‘Golden Health Care Parachutes’

Jay Weber Discusses MacIver’s Local Roads Report

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 15:26
Jay Weber on News/Talk 1130 WISN discusses Bill Osmulski's report at the MacIver Institute pointing out that as local officials complain about not getting enough state money for their roads, most local roads are local responsibilities. And there's money to pay for basic upkeep if that was a priority at budget time.  Read More Jay Weber Discusses MacIver’s Local Roads Report

A Bad Week for American Socialism, A Great Week for America

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 00:00
Special Guest Perspective By Dan O'Donnell - Rarely has there been a week that more clearly illustrated the difference between supply-side conservative governance and the neo-socialism of the modern left. Dan O'Donnell shows how events over the past week expose the inevitable triumph of capitalism over socialism in America.  Read More A Bad Week for American Socialism, A Great Week for America

Get Your Crayons, Calculators, Glue Sticks and Girdles Tax Free This Weekend

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - Nothing says “school supplies” like a garter belt and a cummerbund.   Read More Get Your Crayons, Calculators, Glue Sticks and Girdles Tax Free This Weekend

MacIver News Minute: Legislature Eyes Direct Primary Care…And New Red Tape

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 14:45
At a recent legislative hearing, a panel of doctors illustrated why direct primary care has so many health care reformers excited. The innovative new method of delivering care by fostering a direct, personal relationship between doctor and patient holds the promise of slashing costs, especially for some of the most crucial and common treatments and drugs. The legislative study committee is considering adding DPC to state law - but they're also considering adding regulations that could strangle the practice.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Legislature Eyes Direct Primary Care…And New Red Tape

Healy Discusses the Kimberly Clark Bailout, New Polling in Governor’s Race on the Dan Conry Show

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 13:54
MacIver Institute President Brett Healy joins Matt Kittle on the Dan Conry Show on News/Talk 1310 WIBA to discuss a possible plan to bail out paper manufacturer Kimberly Clark. Instead of picking winners and losers, why not give all Wisconsin individuals and businesses the "Foxconn treatment," Healy asks. Brett and Matt also talk about problems with the latest polling in the race for governor.  Read More Healy Discusses the Kimberly Clark Bailout, New Polling in Governor’s Race on the Dan Conry Show

Jackpot Sick Leave and Pension Payouts Point the Way to Potential Reforms

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 13:52
MacIver Investigative Reporter Matt Kittle joins Vicki McKenna on News/Talk 1310 WIBA to talk about his latest piece probing the perks enjoyed by government employees. Lavish sick leave payouts, which state workers can roll over in perpetuity and convert to free health care in retirement - as well as eye-popping pension payouts some retirees are raking in - beg for a new round of bold reforms in Wisconsin.  Read More Jackpot Sick Leave and Pension Payouts Point the Way to Potential Reforms

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