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Prevailing Wage Law Could be Repealed in Wisconsin

MacIver News Service - Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin are looking for the best way to end the state's 80-year-old prevailing wage law. Read More »

Grover Norquist Champions Right on Crime Initiative at Wisconsin Capitol

MacIver News Service - Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, delivered the keynote address at a criminal justice reform policy briefing to state legislators on Tuesday. The speech at the state capitol focused on the Right on Crime initiative that aims to create a more effective criminal justice system that reduces crime while becoming more efficient for taxpayers. Read More »

STUDY: Prevailing Wage Cost State, Localities up to $300 Million in Inflated Labor Costs in 2014

MacIver News Service - Wisconsin's state and local governments could have saved $300 million on vertical construction projects alone in 2014 had it not been for the state's prevailing wage law, according to a new study from Wisconsin Taxpayer Alliance (WISTAX). In the study, "Evaluating Wisconsin's Approach to Determining Prevailing Wages," the authors critique the law's narrow methodology in calculating prevailing wages and the inability of prevailing wage rates to mirror industry wage trends or regional disparities. Read More »

School Accountability: Will an Agreement be Reached?

MacIver News Service - Education is always a hot button issue in Wisconsin's budget debates, but this time around it's about more than just funding. Lawmakers are working on a K12 school accountability plan that could be included in the budget bill. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos sat down with MNS to explain what he has in mind. Read More »

State Rep. Worried Professors Could Lose "Guaranteed Job Security"

State Rep. Terese Bereau (D-Madison) offered very candid remarks about the state budget on Wednesday to a group of UW-Madison professors when she said there was "a very big and different philosophical divide" over teacher tenure and merit review at the State Capitol. Read More »


Prevailing Wage Law Could be Repealed in Wisconsin

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted April 1, 2015 4:23 PM

MacIver News Service - Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin are looking for the best way to end the state's 80-year-old prevailing wage law. Read More »

Fiscal Bureau Confirms Property Tax Cuts Under Walker Budget

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted April 1, 2015 11:10 AM
Fiscal Bureau Confirms Property Tax Cuts Under Walker Budget

MacIver Budget Blog - The non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) released a memo on Tuesday breaking down the potential property tax situation over the next few years if Gov. Scott Walker's budget passes as is. The budget proposal calls for increasing the school district levy credit by $211 million over the biennium, a move that the governor says will save the average property taxpayer about $5 a year. Read More »

Grover Norquist Champions Right on Crime Initiative at Wisconsin Capitol

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted April 1, 2015 3:00 AM

MacIver News Service - Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, delivered the keynote address at a criminal justice reform policy briefing to state legislators on Tuesday. The speech at the state capitol focused on the Right on Crime initiative that aims to create a more effective criminal justice system that reduces crime while becoming more efficient for taxpayers. Read More »

STUDY: Prevailing Wage Cost State, Localities up to $300 Million in Inflated Labor Costs in 2014

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted March 30, 2015 9:15 AM
STUDY: Prevailing Wage Cost State, Localities up to $300 Million in Inflated Labor Costs in 2014

MacIver News Service - Wisconsin's state and local governments could have saved $300 million on vertical construction projects alone in 2014 had it not been for the state's prevailing wage law, according to a new study from Wisconsin Taxpayer Alliance (WISTAX). In the study, "Evaluating Wisconsin's Approach to Determining Prevailing Wages," the authors critique the law's narrow methodology in calculating prevailing wages and the inability of prevailing wage rates to mirror industry wage trends or regional disparities. Read More »

School Accountability: Will an Agreement be Reached?

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By Nick Novak | Posted March 30, 2015 3:00 AM

MacIver News Service - Education is always a hot button issue in Wisconsin's budget debates, but this time around it's about more than just funding. Lawmakers are working on a K12 school accountability plan that could be included in the budget bill. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos sat down with MNS to explain what he has in mind. Read More »

State Rep. Worried Professors Could Lose "Guaranteed Job Security"

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted March 27, 2015 2:00 AM
State Rep. Worried Professors Could Lose

State Rep. Terese Bereau (D-Madison) offered very candid remarks about the state budget on Wednesday to a group of UW-Madison professors when she said there was "a very big and different philosophical divide" over teacher tenure and merit review at the State Capitol. Read More »

UPDATED - Legislators Aim to Eliminate Wisconsin's Personal Property Tax

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted March 24, 2015 1:36 PM
UPDATED - Legislators Aim to Eliminate Wisconsin's Personal Property Tax

Representative Bob Kulp (R-Stratford) and Senator Tom Tiffany (Hazelhurst) are circulating companion proposals aimed at eliminating the personal property tax in Wisconsin by 2020. The personal property tax is a levy on business equipment that is assessed in addition to real property taxes paid by businesses (property taxes paid on actual real estate). Read More »

Five Years Later: Heritage's Daily Signal Fact Checks Obamacare

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted March 24, 2015 7:30 AM
Five Years Later: Heritage's Daily Signal Fact Checks Obamacare

MacIver News Service - Obamacare turned five-years-old yesterday, so Heritage's Daily Signal decided to take a look at some of the promises that were made by supporters of the law. Check out the info graphic below to see how the ACA did...Hint, it's not good. Read More »

An ID is Needed in Nearly Every Aspect of Society, Now It's Needed to Vote

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted March 24, 2015 3:00 AM
An ID is Needed in Nearly Every Aspect of Society, Now It's Needed to Vote

MacIver Perspective by James Wigderson - Hey, look, a popular law passed by the legislature is actually being allowed by the Supreme Court. If you had over three years on the over-under wager for the implementation of the voter identification law, you cleaned up Monday morning. Read More »

MPS Superintendent Admits Act 10 was a Big Help

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By Nick Novak | Posted March 23, 2015 3:12 PM

MacIver News Service - At the JFC's budget hearing at Alverno College on Friday, MPS Superintendent Derienne Driver talked about how Act 10 allowed the district to make big improvements. However, MPS claims to have exhausted those tools and needs more in the next budget to make ends meet. Read More »

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