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MPS Board Approves $1.2 Billion Budget, Expansion of Retirement Benefits, $15 Minimum Wage

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 14:26
The Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) Board of School Directors unanimously approved its $1.22 billion budget for 2020-21 early Friday morning. Numerous amendments will spend at least $11 million more than the original proposal. The budget includes an expansion to employee retirement benefits, effective July 1 of this year.   Read More MPS Board Approves $1.2 Billion Budget, Expansion of Retirement Benefits, $15 Minimum Wage

“Government Watchers” Will Ensure Catholic Churches in Madison Comply with Lockdown

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 10:19
The City County Health Department told the diocese the fines could be as high as $1,000 per mass, and that "government watchers" would verify attendance numbers. The diocese decided to comply. It sent out an email to priests on Thursday night.  Read More “Government Watchers” Will Ensure Catholic Churches in Madison Comply with Lockdown

Lawmakers Assert DWD Leadership’s Performance Not Just Incompetent, But Illegal

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 00:14
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) isn’t just failing to pay out hundreds of thousands of unemployment claims to people thrown out of work by Gov. Tony Evers’ lockdown. The agency is screwing up the checks it is sending out, according to state lawmakers.  Read More Lawmakers Assert DWD Leadership’s Performance Not Just Incompetent, But Illegal

MPS Eyes Costly Retirement, Pension Benefit Expansion Amidst Looming Fiscal Crisis

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 15:09
By Ola Lisowski - The Milwaukee Public Schools school board will vote on its $1.22 billion 2020-21 budget at its May board meeting this week. The board will also consider whether to increase the district’s unfunded pension liability by another $95 million.   Read More MPS Eyes Costly Retirement, Pension Benefit Expansion Amidst Looming Fiscal Crisis

Wisconsin Elections Commission To Send 2.7 Million Absentee Ballot Applications To Registered Voters

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 15:07
The WEC will be sending mailers to millions of voters with absentee voting instructions and an application for an absentee ballot. Conservative commissioners raised their concerns.   Read More Wisconsin Elections Commission To Send 2.7 Million Absentee Ballot Applications To Registered Voters

The Two Weeks that Didn’t Kill Wisconsin

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 02:00
May 27 marks two weeks to the day since the Wisconsin Supreme Court reopened Wisconsin. Dan O’Donnell wonders why all the doomsday predictions about skyrocketing infection and death rates failed to come true.  Read More The Two Weeks that Didn’t Kill Wisconsin

Reining in the Administrative State: Wisconsin Legislature v. Palm and the Explicit Authority Requirement

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 00:30
Robert Fassbender and Corydon Fish explain why the simple word explicit is so important to controlling the administrative state.   Read More Reining in the Administrative State: Wisconsin Legislature v. Palm and the Explicit Authority Requirement

MacIver News Minute: Memorial Day

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 01:28
LISTEN - To all who have given their life to preserve our way of life, we say thank you. We will never forget your sacrifice.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Memorial Day

Failure to Prepare, Failure to Adapt: DWD’s Response to Safer at Home

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 00:54
One of DWD’s first moves after Gov. Evers locked down the state was to close the job centers, including the computer labs where people without computers go to file for unemployment online. Meanwhile, only 57 workers were manning the phones at the state's unemployment benefits call center while Evers' lockdown threw hundreds of thousands out of work.  Read More Failure to Prepare, Failure to Adapt: DWD’s Response to Safer at Home

Facing COVID Challenges, UW System Eyes Efficiency, Specialization

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 03:00
In light of the COVID-19 changes that the University of Wisconsin System had to adapt to, the system has put current proposals on a fast track. That means specializing campus focuses, streamlining administrative operational functions, and, by this summer, having a unified model for delivering education online.  Read More Facing COVID Challenges, UW System Eyes Efficiency, Specialization

MacIver News Minute: Voter Fraud Update

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 08:19
LISTEN - Remember the MacIver News story back in March reporting that 43 Wisconsinites had been referred by the Wisconsin Elections Commission to local law enforcement for investigation into possible double voting in the 2018 general election?  Read More MacIver News Minute: Voter Fraud Update

State Suspects Voter Fraud Committed in 19 Wisconsin Counties

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 00:45
According to the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access system, there has not been a single case of election fraud filed anywhere in Wisconsin since WEC made its recommendations to county district attorneys to investigate the incidents in early March.  Read More State Suspects Voter Fraud Committed in 19 Wisconsin Counties

The Disastrous Consequences of Mail-In Elections

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 02:00
A new report on Wisconsin’s Spring Election proves that mail-in voting causes chaos and disenfranchises voters. Yet the same people falsely promising that in-person voting in April would be disastrous are now promising that mail-in voting in November will go off without a hitch. Dan O'Donnell explains how rotten the idea has been and how disastrous it could be.  Read More The Disastrous Consequences of Mail-In Elections

Evers Spending Hundreds of Millions Preparing for Another Predicted Surge

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 00:50
MacIver News Service | May 19, 2020 With the State of Wisconsin getting $1.9 billion from the federal government through the CARES Act, Gov. Evers has a plan for how he wants to spend most of it. Evers announced on Tuesday, that about $1.17 billion of the funding will go towards testing, contact tracing, PPE, …

MPS Board Prepares to Vote on $1.2 Billion Budget

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 01:00
MPS will be holding a public hearing on a $1.2 billion budget on the evening of May 19. The largest line item in the budget proposal would be $25.5 million in salary and benefits for attracting and retaining staff.  Read More MPS Board Prepares to Vote on $1.2 Billion Budget

MacIver News Minute: COVID-19 By The Numbers

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 00:29
LISTEN - With the Evers Administration’s Safer at Home order declared unlawful, invalid and unenforceable, we thought this would be a good opportunity to remind everyone where Wisconsin is in our fight against COVID 19.  Read More MacIver News Minute: COVID-19 By The Numbers

MacIver News Bulletin – May 18, 2020 (Supreme Court Reaction and Countermoves)

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 19:32
WATCH - The State Supreme Court striking down Safer at Home might have upset Gov. Evers, but it did little to dissuade his administration from its heavy-handed approach. Evers' administration seems to be doing everything it can to make the governor's predication of a chaotic situation come true. Find out where everything currently stands in this week's MacIver News Bulletin.  Read More MacIver News Bulletin – May 18, 2020 (Supreme Court Reaction and Countermoves)

MacIver News Minute – Supreme Court Ends “Safer at Home”

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 00:20
LISTEN - The long awaited decision from the State Supreme Court in the Legislature’s lawsuit filed against Gov. Evers and Secretary Palm’s decision to extend the lockdown to late May has finally been issued.  Read More MacIver News Minute – Supreme Court Ends “Safer at Home”

“Unlawful, Invalid, and Unenforceable” – Safer At Home Struck Down

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 21:17
State Supreme Court says Safer at Home should have gone through the emergency rulemaking process - but even if it had, the legislature would have had a limited role in changing it.  Read More “Unlawful, Invalid, and Unenforceable” – Safer At Home Struck Down

The Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules for Liberty

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 21:10
In shutting the Legislature out of the process, Palm not only usurped its constitutionally mandated authority, she granted herself nearly limitless authority to govern the state as she sees fit during any and all disease outbreaks.  Read More The Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules for Liberty

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