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What Gov. Tony Evers Got Wrong in His K-12 Education Proposal

18 hours 45 min ago
By Ola Lisowski - Gov. Tony Evers - once educator, then bureaucrat, and now Wisconsin’s governor - has dedicated his life to public education. His gubernatorial campaign largely centered around the question of equity and progress in K-12 education. Yet his 2019-21 budget proposal, up for a Thursday vote in the state’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC), would have turned back the clock on the very values he claims to hold dear.  Read More What Gov. Tony Evers Got Wrong in His K-12 Education Proposal

An Automatic Cause for Concern

18 hours 45 min ago
Making voter registration essentially mandator isn’t just unnecessary; it’s also a potentially unconstitutional infringement on political speech. Just as one cannot be forced to adopt a particular political position, one cannot be forced to participate in the political process.  Read More An Automatic Cause for Concern

MacIver News Minute: Leftist Milwaukee Leaders Ignored Lead Pipe Problem For Decades

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 17:17
Milwaukee liberals have "lead" their constituents to believe that legislative Republicans are to blame for the city’s lead pipes problem. The fix to Milwaukee’s drinking water crisis, they insist, is more state taxpayer money. But liberals and socialists have controlled the city of Milwaukee for the better part of a century. And while Milwaukee’s citizens wait for clean drinking water, its mayor is fixated on an expensive streetcar.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Leftist Milwaukee Leaders Ignored Lead Pipe Problem For Decades

Milwaukee Tries To Pass The Buck On Lead Pipe Replacement

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 17:05
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos applauds the City of Madison for replacing all privately owned lead lateral pipes on its own, and wonders why City of Milwaukee needs a handout from state taxpayers to do the same.  Read More Milwaukee Tries To Pass The Buck On Lead Pipe Replacement

Who’s To Blame For The Failure To Fix Milwaukee’s Lead Problem? Look Left

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - Five years after Flint, Mich., Milwaukee city officials are scurrying to catch up in the heat of public pressure, scandal, and increased scrutiny. Liberal city leaders, in control of Milwaukee for generations, could have done something a lot sooner.   Read More Who’s To Blame For The Failure To Fix Milwaukee’s Lead Problem? Look Left

In Case You Missed It: Washington Offers Public Option Healthcare Plan, Tariffs Threaten Farmers, and Retail Sales Decline

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 20:00
This week, states are wading into healthcare, tariffs continuing to harm farmers, and a nationwide decline in retail sales. Catch up on important articles for the fiscal conservative, in case you missed it.  Read More In Case You Missed It: Washington Offers Public Option Healthcare Plan, Tariffs Threaten Farmers, and Retail Sales Decline

It’s Still Working, Wisconsin! Good Fiscal News Another Reminder That Lowering Taxes Creates Economic Growth

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 01:00
A new Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo shows state tax collections over the next three years will come in $753 million higher than previously anticipated. It is yet another reminder that cutting taxes grows the economy and creates prosperity for all.  Read More It’s Still Working, Wisconsin! Good Fiscal News Another Reminder That Lowering Taxes Creates Economic Growth

MacIver News Minute: Quiet Changes Risk Opening Door To FoodShare Fraud

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 17:11
A few years ago, a state audit found alarming incidents of fraud in Wisconsin’s FoodShare program. Now, it looks like Gov. Tony Evers’ administration wants to open the door to a new wave of public assistance fraud by quietly changing the Residency Verification section of the state’s food stamp program. Under the new language, critics say bureaucrats will be looking for reasons to keep nonresidents in the FoodShare program rather than deny or terminate benefits.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Quiet Changes Risk Opening Door To FoodShare Fraud

Report: State Revenue Projections Grow By $750 million, Sign Of ‘Reform Dividend’

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 22:49
By M.D. Kittle and Chris Rochester - Scott Walker has been out of office for four-and-a-half months, but Wisconsin’s economy -- and the state's coffers -- continues to benefit from what the former Republican governor called the“Reform Dividend.”   Read More Report: State Revenue Projections Grow By $750 million, Sign Of ‘Reform Dividend’

Watch: Dem’s Bizarre Medicaid Expansion Argument

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 08:35
In committee Democrats argued the “Healthy Women, Healthy Babies”program, which is part of Gov. Evers' Medicaid expansion plan, is a reasonable alternative to the Republican pro-life bills. They didn't mention that the “Healthy Women, Healthy Babies” program includes funding to planned parenthood.  Read More Watch: Dem’s Bizarre Medicaid Expansion Argument

Lifesaving

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 00:00
As the Assembly debates a “born-alive” bill, Dan O’Donnell wants to know when it became controversial to not kill newborn babies.  Read More Lifesaving

MacIver News Minute: Liberal Protester Follows, Harasses Republican Senator In Men’s Room

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 11:04
How far will the left go to confront and harass conservatives? To the men’s room, apparently. At last week’s meeting of the Legislature’s budget committee, an irate left-winger followed Sen. Tom Tiffany into the head and berated the Minocqua Republican while he was attending to some personal business. The left continues to take public policy opposition obnoxiously where no men and women have gone before.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Liberal Protester Follows, Harasses Republican Senator In Men’s Room

Kenosha Schools Kicks WEA Trust to the Curb

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 00:37
By Abby Streu - A recent decision by the Kenosha Unified School Board to change the district’s healthcare insurance provider is not boding well with the local teachers’ union, the Kenosha Education Association (KEA).  Read More Kenosha Schools Kicks WEA Trust to the Curb

‘Innovative Financing’ or Medicaid Bait-and-Switch? UW Health, State Scheme Raises Questions For Taxpayers 

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - It may be legal, but a federal funding transfer program that siphons more Medicaid money for University of Wisconsin Health and the state of Wisconsin looks a lot like a scam on taxpayers.  Read More ‘Innovative Financing’ or Medicaid Bait-and-Switch? UW Health, State Scheme Raises Questions For Taxpayers 

Opening The Door To FoodShare Fraud? DHS Handbook Changes Raise Red Flags

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 00:00
By M.D. Kittle - Wording changes to the “Residency Verification” section of the state’s FoodShare handbook appears to take the teeth out of laws designed to prevent public benefit fraud and to protect taxpayers.   Read More Opening The Door To FoodShare Fraud? DHS Handbook Changes Raise Red Flags

How Wisconsin Towns Game State Taxpayers On Road Aids

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 00:00
97 percent of Wisconsin’s towns spent so little on road work, they are better off taking the flat rate instead of using the cost sharing formula.  Read More How Wisconsin Towns Game State Taxpayers On Road Aids

In Case You Missed It: What You Need to Know About the Budget, Trade Tensions Hurt Stock Market, and the Hidden Cost of Regulations

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 14:47
MacIver News Service | April showers bring May showers in Wisconsin, and this week proved no different. The big news out of Wisconsin this week is the Joint Finance Committee starting it’s work on the biennial budget, reshaping it into a more fiscally responsible document. You can keep up with all the changes by following MacIver on social media. Before you head out for Mother’s Day brunch, here are some essential articles for the fiscal conservative, in case you missed it.  Read More In Case You Missed It: What You Need to Know About the Budget, Trade Tensions Hurt Stock Market, and the Hidden Cost of Regulations

Republican Budget Writers Blast Evers’ Prison Guard Pay Raise Plan As ‘Bad Human Resource Practice’

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 12:24
By M.D. Kittle - Republicans on the Legislature’s budget-writing committee want to correct an Evers’ administration Corrections compensation plan that provides temporary $5-per-hour raises at some but not all state prisons.  Read More Republican Budget Writers Blast Evers’ Prison Guard Pay Raise Plan As ‘Bad Human Resource Practice’

Evers Budget Collapses After GOP Removes Medicaid Expansion

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 09:07
Even though Gov. Evers knew Republicans were fiercely opposed to expanding Medicaid, he used it as the cornerstone for his entire budget. Republicans immediately pulled it out of the budget in committee on Thursday, and Democrats were besides themselves. MNS’ Bill Osmulski has more.  Read More Evers Budget Collapses After GOP Removes Medicaid Expansion

Dem. Versus GOP Healthcare Policies in Wisconsin

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 09:05
Rep. Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam) points out that the Medicaid expansion would affect 82,000 people in Wisconsin – half of them already have coverage and the rest could buy it through the private marketplace for as low as 15 cents a month.  Read More Dem. Versus GOP Healthcare Policies in Wisconsin

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