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Government Accountability Board Votes Down Cameras at the Polls

[Madison, WI] A motion that would have allowed cameras at polling locations failed by a vote of 2-4 before the Government Accountability Board on Monday. Board members seemed more concerned that the proposal might violate a voter's privacy or intimidate a voter than that it might stop potential fraud. Read More »

Update: Lake Superior Tribes to Meet with EPA to Discuss GTAC Mine

After sending a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on May 27 asking that the proposed Gogebic Taconite mine be stopped, six Lake Superior tribes will meet with the agency on August 16th in Grand Traverse, Michigan to discuss their concerns with the northern Wisconsin mining project. Read More »

Gov. Walker Calls For The Repeal Of Common Core But What Is Next?

Can the Legislature and the stakeholders pass new standards quickly enough so school districts do not "waste" time teaching the existing Common Core standards? Read More »

Reaction to Governor Walker's Call to Repeal Common Core Standards

Yesterday, Governor Scott Walker surprised many political insiders when he called upon the Legislature to repeal the state's Common Core education standards. Here is a sampling of reactions to the Governor's statement: Read More »

WI ACA Update: Over 130,000 Wisconsinites Sign Up For Health Insurance Through The Federal Exchange

The Walker administration released the latest information on Obamacare enrollment and how the transition from BadgerCare Plus to the federal exchange is progressing. Read More »


Government Accountability Board Votes Down Cameras at the Polls

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted July 22, 2014 9:04 AM
Government Accountability Board Votes Down Cameras at the Polls

[Madison, WI] A motion that would have allowed cameras at polling locations failed by a vote of 2-4 before the Government Accountability Board on Monday. Board members seemed more concerned that the proposal might violate a voter's privacy or intimidate a voter than that it might stop potential fraud. Read More »

Update: Lake Superior Tribes to Meet with EPA to Discuss GTAC Mine

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted July 21, 2014 9:20 AM
Update: Lake Superior Tribes to Meet with EPA to Discuss GTAC Mine

After sending a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on May 27 asking that the proposed Gogebic Taconite mine be stopped, six Lake Superior tribes will meet with the agency on August 16th in Grand Traverse, Michigan to discuss their concerns with the northern Wisconsin mining project. Read More »

Gov. Walker Calls For The Repeal Of Common Core But What Is Next?

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 18, 2014 2:13 PM
Gov. Walker Calls For The Repeal Of Common Core But What Is Next?

Can the Legislature and the stakeholders pass new standards quickly enough so school districts do not "waste" time teaching the existing Common Core standards? Read More »

Federal Transportation System Funding Update: House Skirts Long-Term Solution, Passes Short-Term Fix

Comments | By Matt Crumb | Posted July 18, 2014 8:48 AM
Federal Transportation System Funding Update: House Skirts Long-Term Solution, Passes Short-Term Fix

[Washington, D.C.] As the federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF) nears depletion in August, the U.S. Senate is considering a stopgap funding bill that will keep it solvent for eight more months. The U.S. Department of Transportation has warned that payments to states and localities for construction will be cut by 28 percent and that 700,000 jobs could be lost if the fund is allowed to run out. Read More »

Reaction to Governor Walker's Call to Repeal Common Core Standards

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted July 18, 2014 8:22 AM
Reaction to Governor Walker's Call to Repeal Common Core Standards

Yesterday, Governor Scott Walker surprised many political insiders when he called upon the Legislature to repeal the state's Common Core education standards. Here is a sampling of reactions to the Governor's statement: Read More »

WI ACA Update: Over 130,000 Wisconsinites Sign Up For Health Insurance Through The Federal Exchange

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 16, 2014 1:16 PM
WI ACA Update: Over 130,000 Wisconsinites Sign Up For Health Insurance Through The Federal Exchange

The Walker administration released the latest information on Obamacare enrollment and how the transition from BadgerCare Plus to the federal exchange is progressing. Read More »

Report: Federal Regulations Cost Wisconsin $2.4 Billion in First Six Months of 2014

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted July 15, 2014 4:00 AM
Report: Federal Regulations Cost Wisconsin $2.4 Billion in First Six Months of 2014

[Washington, D.C.] Federal regulations cost Wisconsin $2.4 billion in just the first half of 2014 according to a study by American Action Forum (AAF), a national public policy institute. Wisconsin faced the largest per capita regulatory cost in the Midwest, costing every person in the state $415 from January to June of 2014. Minnesota ranked a close second at $408, while Iowa had the lowest regulatory cost in the Midwest at $282 per capita. Read More »

A Constitutional Amendment To Require A Balanced Budget: Solution To The Federal Debt Addiction?

Comments | Posted in mi reports | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 14, 2014 11:03 AM
A Constitutional Amendment To Require A Balanced Budget: Solution To The Federal Debt Addiction?

A recent report from the Heartland Institute proposes a state-generated solution to the federal debt addiction through a "Compact For A Balanced Budget." Read More »

November Medicaid Referendum About Increasing Democrat Turnout, Not Policy

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 14, 2014 8:34 AM
November Medicaid Referendum About Increasing Democrat Turnout, Not Policy

Is the effort to put a Medicaid expansion referendum question on the ballot in counties around the state about policy or politics? MacIver columnist James Wigderson weighs in on the controversy. Read More »

Healy: Tribes Should Withdraw Request to the EPA to Stop the Northern Wisconsin Mine

Comments | Posted in Featured | By Nick Novak | Posted July 11, 2014 9:30 AM
Healy: Tribes Should Withdraw Request to the EPA to Stop the Northern Wisconsin Mine

Brett Healy, President of the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy, released the following statement asking the Tribes to rescind their request and allow the mining company to continue with research on the mine's environmental impact without interruption. Read More »

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