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Barrett Taking Taxpayers for a Ride with Milwaukee Streetcar Proposal?

MI Perspective by James Wigderson - Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has a new scheme worked out to get his fixed-rail streetcar built. He's going to increase the project's size and cost. According to the Milwaukee Business Journal, Barrett's new streetcar plan would make the track 4.6 miles in length and the project would cost $123.9 million. That's an increase of $59.3 million, or nearly double what was originally planned. Read More »

Robin Vos Hopes Bucks Arena, DOT Budget Solutions Put Taxpayers First

MacIver News Service - In a recent interview with the MacIver Institute, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) said he hopes to protect taxpayers when it comes to finding solutions for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena and closing a deficit at the Department of Transportation. Vos said he expects the legislature to take up both issues in the new year. Read More »

School Administrators Call for More Public Education Funding and Charter Schools

The group, which is comprised of public school leaders from across the state, threw their support behind Superintendent Tony Evers's budget request, criticized the state's private school choice programs, and lauded charter schools as foundations of innovation within the classroom Read More »

Appleton's School Report Cards Show How Valuable Charter Schools Can Be, Even Outside Milwaukee

MI Perspective by Christian D'Andrea - Appleton Area Public Schools boast some of the highest-performing classrooms amongst the state's largest districts, they just happen to be in the city's charter schools. Read More »

UPDATED: State Agency Budget Requests Exceed Revenue Estimates By $2.2 Billion

MacIver News Service - The Department of Administration released a report Thursday showing that if every state agency received the funds they requested for the next biennium, Wisconsin would find itself in a $2.2 billion hole by 2017. Check out the full analysis. Read More »


Barrett Taking Taxpayers for a Ride with Milwaukee Streetcar Proposal?

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted November 26, 2014 3:00 AM
Barrett Taking Taxpayers for a Ride with Milwaukee Streetcar Proposal?

MI Perspective by James Wigderson - Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has a new scheme worked out to get his fixed-rail streetcar built. He's going to increase the project's size and cost. According to the Milwaukee Business Journal, Barrett's new streetcar plan would make the track 4.6 miles in length and the project would cost $123.9 million. That's an increase of $59.3 million, or nearly double what was originally planned. Read More »

Robin Vos Hopes Bucks Arena, DOT Budget Solutions Put Taxpayers First

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By Nick Novak | Posted November 26, 2014 2:00 AM

MacIver News Service - In a recent interview with the MacIver Institute, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) said he hopes to protect taxpayers when it comes to finding solutions for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena and closing a deficit at the Department of Transportation. Vos said he expects the legislature to take up both issues in the new year. Read More »

School Administrators Call for More Public Education Funding and Charter Schools

Comments | Posted in News | By Policy Staff | Posted November 25, 2014 11:41 AM
School Administrators Call for More Public Education Funding and Charter Schools

The group, which is comprised of public school leaders from across the state, threw their support behind Superintendent Tony Evers's budget request, criticized the state's private school choice programs, and lauded charter schools as foundations of innovation within the classroom Read More »

Appleton's School Report Cards Show How Valuable Charter Schools Can Be, Even Outside Milwaukee

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Policy Staff | Posted November 24, 2014 3:00 AM
Appleton's School Report Cards Show How Valuable Charter Schools Can Be, Even Outside Milwaukee

MI Perspective by Christian D'Andrea - Appleton Area Public Schools boast some of the highest-performing classrooms amongst the state's largest districts, they just happen to be in the city's charter schools. Read More »

UPDATED: State Agency Budget Requests Exceed Revenue Estimates By $2.2 Billion

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted November 21, 2014 9:03 AM
UPDATED: State Agency Budget Requests Exceed Revenue Estimates By $2.2 Billion

MacIver News Service - The Department of Administration released a report Thursday showing that if every state agency received the funds they requested for the next biennium, Wisconsin would find itself in a $2.2 billion hole by 2017. Check out the full analysis. Read More »

Mayor Tom Barrett Goes All In on Milwaukee Streetcar

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted November 19, 2014 3:31 PM
Mayor Tom Barrett Goes All In on Milwaukee Streetcar

MacIver News Service - Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announced on Tuesday plans to increase the size of the route for his proposed streetcar. Barrett's announcement came a day after he filed a lawsuit in Circuit Court to overturn the Public Service Commission's (PSC) decision that the city would be required to pay for moving any utility lines. Read More »

Lawsuit Aims to Allow Greater Open Enrollment Options for Special Needs Students

Comments | Posted in News | By Policy Staff | Posted November 19, 2014 12:30 PM
Lawsuit Aims to Allow Greater Open Enrollment Options for Special Needs Students

While Wisconsin's open enrollment program services a large majority of the students and families that apply for it, there is no doubt that some families are being left behind. This WILL lawsuit alleges that picking and choosing students based on their disabilities - or lack thereof - is an unfair practice that leaves some families of exceptional students in the lurch. Read More »

Dept. of Transportation Submits Budget with $750 Million in Tax and Fee Increases

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted November 17, 2014 11:21 AM
Dept. of Transportation Submits Budget with $750 Million in Tax and Fee Increases

MacIver News Service - Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Mark Gottlieb submitted his 2015-17 budget proposal on Friday that includes more than $750 million in tax and fee increases and $1.36 billion in additional spending. Read More »

Wisconsin State Legislature to Decide Fate of New Bucks Arena?

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted November 17, 2014 3:00 AM
Wisconsin State Legislature to Decide Fate of New Bucks Arena?

MI Perspective by James Wigderson - The ball is in the legislature's court. Last week State Rep Robin Vos released a memo from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau saying the income tax revenue generated from the Milwaukee Bucks players, personnel and visiting teams could fund $150 million in bonding over twenty years. The revenue generated in 2012 was $10.7 million. Read More »

Assembly Speaker Vos Releases Bucks Arena Bonding Memo

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted November 14, 2014 1:14 PM
Assembly Speaker Vos Releases Bucks Arena Bonding Memo

MacIver News Service - Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) released a memo to the public on Friday from the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) on how much Wisconsin income taxes is generated from NBA players and other personnel related to the Milwaukee Bucks professional basketball team. The new owners of the Milwaukee Bucks are seeking to build a new arena to replace the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee. Read More »

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