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MacIver News Minute: Fed Minimum Wage Bill Puts Disabled Workers At Risk

4 hours 42 min ago
The House of Representatives recently passed a bill to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. While the Democrats who control the House talk about looking out for the little guy, one group would be decimated by a $15 an hour minimum wage – the Differently Abled.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Fed Minimum Wage Bill Puts Disabled Workers At Risk

Why Did MPS Leaders Protest More Federal Money?

12 hours 2 min ago
Special Guest Perspective by Sen. Dale Kooyenga - When a new idea is proposed, whether that be an innovative new scholarship program from Secretary DeVos or the New Opportunity for Milwaukee proposed by Sen. Darling and me several years ago, we see a small percentage of people employed within those calcified systems making a lot of noise to resist change.  Read More Why Did MPS Leaders Protest More Federal Money?

Deeper Dive: Wisconsin’s Education Crisis

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 13:03
Data Release: Six of Ten Wisconsin Students are Not Proficient in Math or English. School Choice Students Outperform Peers Again. Where is the outrage?  Read More Deeper Dive: Wisconsin’s Education Crisis

Sign of the Times

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 01:00
Dan O’Donnell on how a sign on a Milwaukee-area Boston Market is a warning sign for Wisconsin about the state of K-12 education  Read More Sign of the Times

MacIver News Minute: Wisconsin’s Education Crisis

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 05:00
The latest achievement results are in for Wisconsin's education system, but achievement might not be the best description. Only 39 percent of students are proficient at English and only 31 percent are proficient at math. It's an education crisis that the state's top officials want to ignore.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Wisconsin’s Education Crisis

Federal Minimum Wage Bill Will Put The Differently Abled Out Of Work

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 00:57
Democrats in Congress recently passed a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $15 with no exceptions. Eric Wilson explains how this bill would decimate his son Christopher with Downs Syndrome and others like him.  Read More Federal Minimum Wage Bill Will Put The Differently Abled Out Of Work

MacIver News Minute: Taking a Stand for Lemonade Stands

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 13:50
Children who want to operate lemonade stands in Wisconsin have a lot of red tape they need to cut through. Sen. Dale Kooyenga has a bill that would allow them to sell lemonade without going bankrupt paying government fees and without skirting the law.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Taking a Stand for Lemonade Stands

MacIver Newsmakers: Eric Wilson Takes Aim At Federal Minimum Wage Bill That Will Hurt Disabled Workers

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 03:08
Democrats in Congress recently passed a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $15 with no exceptions. Eric Wilson explains how that would affect his son and others like him.  Read More MacIver Newsmakers: Eric Wilson Takes Aim At Federal Minimum Wage Bill That Will Hurt Disabled Workers

Gov. Evers’ Task Force Should Avoid Drug-Depriving Decisions

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 00:27
By Brett Healy - While the cost of drugs is certainly a serious concern, free market advocates, and humans in general, worry that efforts to control drug costs based on a cost-benefit analysis of certain therapies will literally lead the government to make life or death decisions for us.  Read More Gov. Evers’ Task Force Should Avoid Drug-Depriving Decisions

MacIver News Minute: Sensenbrenner Leaves Liberals Hanging

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 06:58
If you’re a liberal activist in Wisconsin looking for something to do, you’re online bulletin boards only have one thing for you: protest Rep. Sensenbrenner’s town hall meetings.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Sensenbrenner Leaves Liberals Hanging

As Goes Milwaukee…

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 01:00
Dan O’Donnell on why the Wisconsin Legislature must step in and stop Milwaukee from using a regressive sales tax increase to force payment of a political bailout on its poorest citizens  Read More As Goes Milwaukee…

UPDATED: The Ice Cream Kids V. City Hall

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 03:10
**Updated** MacIver Video - The Ruffi brothers took a foray into small business entrepreneurship this past summer by opening an ice cream stand. They hit a major roadblock when they wanted to start selling on public property. Selling ice cream might seem like kid stuff, but local regulations sucked out the fun for these boys. MNS' Bill Osmulski has more.  Read More UPDATED: The Ice Cream Kids V. City Hall

MacIver News Minute: Milwaukee’s Community Benefits Agreement Shakedown

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 04:07
It might be illegal for the City of Milwaukee to force businesses to sign community benefits agreements, but the common council wants them to know – it will be a factor in decisions affecting that business.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Milwaukee’s Community Benefits Agreement Shakedown

Back To School Property Taxes

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 01:15
State Sen. Duey Stroebel asks if it is time for local school districts to be responsible for their own spending instead of having state taxpayers pay for their ever-increasing budgets  Read More Back To School Property Taxes

MacIver News Minute: MacIver’s State of K-12 Education 2019

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 08:20
As the school year begins, it’s time to measure how Wisconsin students and our schools are performing. MacIver’s annual state of K-12 education report finds slight improvements in some areas, but our toughest problems persist.  Read More MacIver News Minute: MacIver’s State of K-12 Education 2019

The Marijuana Myth

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 06:38
Dan O’Donnell on how a mysterious lung disease tied to vaping THC is serving to debunk the myth that marijuana is harmless and should be legalized.  Read More The Marijuana Myth

Milwaukee Forcing Businesses To “Voluntarily” Sign Labor Agreements

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 01:55
It might be illegal for the City of Milwaukee to force businesses to sign community partnership agreements, but the common council wants them to know – it will be a factor in decisions affecting that business.  Read More Milwaukee Forcing Businesses To “Voluntarily” Sign Labor Agreements

The MacIver Institute’s State of K-12 Education: 2019 Edition

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 00:00
Back-to-school season is upon us, which can only mean one thing. No, it is not the return of blissful quiet to your home. It is time for MacIver’s annual State of K-12 Education Report Card. How do Wisconsin’s students, teachers and schools measure up? Are taxpayers receiving a decent return on their investment? Nearly 6 in 10 …

MacIver News Minute: MacIver’s State of K-12 Education 2019

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 00:00
As the school year begins, it’s time to measure how Wisconsin students and our schools are performing. MacIver’s annual state of K-12 education report finds slight improvements in some areas, but our toughest problems persist.  Read More MacIver News Minute: MacIver’s State of K-12 Education 2019

MacIver News Minute: Innovation Leads Way Out of Obamacare Nightmare

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 14:30
Premiums increased 20 percent in 2017 and 2018. Plans are now so expensive that middle class people who don’t qualify for subsidies are leaving in droves, with unsubsidized enrollment down 40 percent since 2016. Thankfully, the Trump administration has introduced a slew of free market reforms that give Americans more options with less red tape.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Innovation Leads Way Out of Obamacare Nightmare

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