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Walker’s Next Act: Tout Benefits of Act 10 In Third Term Bid

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 09:09
By M.D. Kittle - Gov. Scott Walker's campaign will surely point out the positive impacts the Republican's landmark Act 10 reforms of 2011 have had on Wisconsin taxpayers.   Read More Walker’s Next Act: Tout Benefits of Act 10 In Third Term Bid

MacIver News Minute: Trendy Left-Wing Ideas Fall Flat in Key Wisconsin Swing Districts

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 11:44
Some far-left positions aren't all that popular among voters in some key Wisconsin swing districts. That's according to a new poll by the Brookfield-based Jobs First Coalition, which found trendy liberal ideas like releasing half the state's prison population, letting nonresidents vote, and raising income taxes by $460 million are deeply unpopular in central and western Wisconsin.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Trendy Left-Wing Ideas Fall Flat in Key Wisconsin Swing Districts

Brett Healy Analyzes Tuesday’s Primary Election Results on the Vicki McKenna Show

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 17:06
MacIver President Brett Healy joins Matt Kittle in the studio to talk about Tuesday's big primary elections. Tony Evers will move on to face Gov. Scott Walker in November, and Leah Vukmir's win over Kevin Nicholson sets her up to face Sen. Tammy Baldwin. Kittle is guest hosting for Vicki McKenna, on News/Talk 1130 WISN.  Read More Brett Healy Analyzes Tuesday’s Primary Election Results on the Vicki McKenna Show

On The John Muir Show: Healy Breaks Down Tuesday’s Big Primary Election Outcomes

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 12:34
MacIver President Brett Healy joins John Muir on WTAQ in Green Bay to talk about last night's all-important primary elections that saw Leah Vukmir and Tony Evers advance to face Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Gov. Scott Walker, respectively, in the November elections.  Read More On The John Muir Show: Healy Breaks Down Tuesday’s Big Primary Election Outcomes

Broadband Boondoggles Litter the Big Government Landscape

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - There are plenty of warning signs and cautionary tales about the failures of city-owned broadband networks, if you're willing to see the obvious. Will city leaders in Madison take note?  Read More Broadband Boondoggles Litter the Big Government Landscape

A ‘Crucial’ Election

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 00:00
By Dan O'Donnell - In hindsight, it should have been obvious: The conservative grassroots in southeastern Wisconsin would lead as they have for years now.  There would be no upset, no “wow” so long as the WOW counties had their say, and they did—powering State Senator Leah Vukmir to a resounding primary election victory over Kevin Nicholson.  Read More A ‘Crucial’ Election

News And Views: Bloated Public School Administrator Salaries and Act 10 Savings

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 10:03
K-12 school administrators in Wisconsin have it pretty good. Despite constant pleas by public schools that there’s no money to even keep the lights on, taxpayers shelled out nearly $437 million for K-12 administrator salaries in the last school year, salaries that total $126,617 per year on average with benefits. MacIver Research Associate Ola Lisowski joins Oliver Burrows on WXCO in Wausau to share her latest report.  Read More News And Views: Bloated Public School Administrator Salaries and Act 10 Savings

MacIver News Minute: Despite Cries of Poverty, K-12 Educrats Pulling in Hefty Salaries

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 09:42
If Wisconsin public schools are hurting for cash, why are administrators pulling in such hefty salaries? Taxpayers last year shelled out nearly $437 million for administrator salaries, and 41 percent of public school educrats enjoyed a salary north of $100,000. The average with benefits was more than $126,000.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Despite Cries of Poverty, K-12 Educrats Pulling in Hefty Salaries

On Dan O’Donnell: K-12 Public School Administrator Salaries Top $96,000 Plus Benefits

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:26
K-12 school administrators in Wisconsin have it pretty good. Despite constant pleas by public schools that there's no money to even keep the lights on, taxpayers shelled out nearly $437 million for K-12 administrator salaries in the last school year, salaries that total $126,617 per year on average with benefits. MacIver Research Associate Ola Lisowski joins Matt Kittle on the Dan O'Donnell Show, on News/Talk 1130 WISN, to share her latest report.  Read More On Dan O’Donnell: K-12 Public School Administrator Salaries Top $96,000 Plus Benefits

News And Views: Greasing the Skids for a Referendum, and New Poll Results

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:24
MacIver Communications Director Chris Rochester joins Oliver Burrows on WXCO in Wausau to discuss Cedarburg's $60 million referendum. It's relevant statewide because of the controversial consulting firm they and many other districts around Wisconsin used to create a community survey, which some concerned citizens fear is slanted to "get to yes." And new polling data throws cold water on talk of a "blue wave."  Read More News And Views: Greasing the Skids for a Referendum, and New Poll Results

MacIver Submits Comments Urging Federal Government to Address Union Dues Skim

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 11:07
The MacIver Institute, in comments submitted to the federal government, is urging the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reform regulations that allow public sector unions to skim dues payments from home caregivers. This "dues skim" scheme diverts some $200 million each year from Medicaid into union coffers.  Read More MacIver Submits Comments Urging Federal Government to Address Union Dues Skim

Finalists’ Names Should Be Made Public

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 00:00
Special Guest Perspective By Larry Gallup - When the Oconto Police and Fire Commission said in April that it had interviewed two finalists for the open position of chief of police, Kent Tempus of the Oconto County Reporter asked who the finalists were.  Read More Finalists’ Names Should Be Made Public

Mark Belling Discusses MacIver Report on Act 10 Health Benefit Savings

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 16:03
Mark Belling, afternoon drive host on News/Talk 1130 WISN, discusses MacIver's report that found school districts have saved $3.2 billion in health benefit costs thanks to Act 10. But he calls out some supposedly conservative districts that still don't make their employees pay anything toward their own insurance, despite the flexibility Act 10 offers.  Read More Mark Belling Discusses MacIver Report on Act 10 Health Benefit Savings

MacIver News Minute: Lawmakers Say It’s Time to Reform Health Care “Golden Parachute” Benefit

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 12:38
Lawmakers say it's long past time to reform Wisconsin's lavish sick leave benefits program. The generous benefit, which has been described as a health care "golden parachute" for state government retirees, is unlike anything you'll find the private sector and, in some cases, beneficiaries amass staggering balances over their careers. Rep. Janel Brandtjen and Sen. Dave Craig say they want to see legislation putting a cap on this costly benefit.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Lawmakers Say It’s Time to Reform Health Care “Golden Parachute” Benefit

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

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