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Fiscal Bureau Projects $535 Million Structural Surplus with Historical Economic Growth

MacIver News Service - Wisconsin is projected to finish the 2015-17 biennium with a $535 million surplus according to a new report from the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB). Read More »

Milwaukee's Independent Charter Schools Lead the Way, but Wisconsin's Largest District is Worst in the State by a Large Margin

The 2013-14 Wisconsin School Report Cards have been released, and only one district in the state earned a "Fails to Meet Expectations" grade. That was Milwaukee, where 47 schools fell below the 53-point cutoff for a passing grade in the third year of the state's measurements. More than one in three MPS schools failed to meet Wisconsin standards during the prior school year. Read More »

Wisconsin's Largest Agencies Ask For Millions More in Taxpayer Dollars for the 2015-17 Budget

MacIver News Service - Wisconsin's biggest state agencies have asked for budget increases well into the millions of dollars as all formal budget requests from state departments were submitted early this week. Gov. Scott Walker and the Department of Administration had instructed state agencies to "assume there will be zero growth in overall General Purpose Revenue appropriations in each fiscal year during the 2015-17 biennium." Read More »

Wisconsin's Public Schools Earn a C+ On Latest School Report Cards

The Department of Public Instruction released the latest School Report Cards on Tuesday, allowing Wisconsinites to get a better look at the performance of their local public schools. The average report card score rose by half a point in 2013-14 thanks in part to fewer deductions in Wisconsin's classrooms for problems like high school dropouts and high absentee rates. Read More »

Federal Rule Change Threatens Work Program for Those with Disabilities

If the federal government gets its way, working folks with physical and developmental disabilities could lose gainful employment and be forced into nursing homes or stuck in their own homes with little more to do that watch TV. The MacIver Institute recently sat down will some individuals and their families who work at Opportunities, Inc. - an organization that could lose its funding for employing disabled workers - to see how they would be affected. Read More »


Fiscal Bureau Projects $535 Million Structural Surplus with Historical Economic Growth

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted September 18, 2014 5:37 PM
Fiscal Bureau Projects $535 Million Structural Surplus with Historical Economic Growth

MacIver News Service - Wisconsin is projected to finish the 2015-17 biennium with a $535 million surplus according to a new report from the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB). Read More »

Milwaukee's Independent Charter Schools Lead the Way, but Wisconsin's Largest District is Worst in the State by a Large Margin

Comments | Posted in News | By Policy Staff | Posted September 18, 2014 1:28 PM
Milwaukee's Independent Charter Schools Lead the Way, but Wisconsin's Largest District is Worst in the State by a Large Margin

The 2013-14 Wisconsin School Report Cards have been released, and only one district in the state earned a "Fails to Meet Expectations" grade. That was Milwaukee, where 47 schools fell below the 53-point cutoff for a passing grade in the third year of the state's measurements. More than one in three MPS schools failed to meet Wisconsin standards during the prior school year. Read More »

Wisconsin's Largest Agencies Ask For Millions More in Taxpayer Dollars for the 2015-17 Budget

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted September 17, 2014 12:15 PM
Wisconsin's Largest Agencies Ask For Millions More in Taxpayer Dollars for the 2015-17 Budget

MacIver News Service - Wisconsin's biggest state agencies have asked for budget increases well into the millions of dollars as all formal budget requests from state departments were submitted early this week. Gov. Scott Walker and the Department of Administration had instructed state agencies to "assume there will be zero growth in overall General Purpose Revenue appropriations in each fiscal year during the 2015-17 biennium." Read More »

Wisconsin's Public Schools Earn a C+ On Latest School Report Cards

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted September 16, 2014 10:36 AM
Wisconsin's Public Schools Earn a C+ On Latest School Report Cards

The Department of Public Instruction released the latest School Report Cards on Tuesday, allowing Wisconsinites to get a better look at the performance of their local public schools. The average report card score rose by half a point in 2013-14 thanks in part to fewer deductions in Wisconsin's classrooms for problems like high school dropouts and high absentee rates. Read More »

Federal Rule Change Threatens Work Program for Those with Disabilities

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By Nick Novak | Posted September 16, 2014 3:00 AM

If the federal government gets its way, working folks with physical and developmental disabilities could lose gainful employment and be forced into nursing homes or stuck in their own homes with little more to do that watch TV. The MacIver Institute recently sat down will some individuals and their families who work at Opportunities, Inc. - an organization that could lose its funding for employing disabled workers - to see how they would be affected. Read More »

Misguided Act 10? Journal Sentinel Should Just "Own It"

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted September 16, 2014 2:00 AM
Misguided Act 10? Journal Sentinel Should Just

MacIver Perspectives by James Wigderson - Reading the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial on the state budget, "If there's a budget mess this time, it belongs to Gov. Scott Walker," one would get the impression the entire state is on the verge of joining Detroit as a fiscal policy disaster area. However, that is far from the truth. Read More »

Governor Walker Wants More Tax Cuts and Education Reform in Second Term

Comments | By Matt Crumb | Posted September 15, 2014 11:17 AM
Governor Walker Wants More Tax Cuts and Education Reform in Second Term

MacIver News Service - Governor Scott Walker's re-election campaign released its Continuing Wisconsin's Comeback plan today, laying out policy priorities that Walker aims to pursue if he wins another term in November. At the top of the list are initiatives to cut taxes, continue educational reforms, and implement more changes to welfare. Read More »

Mary Burke Still Refuses to Give an Answer on Act 10

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted September 15, 2014 3:30 AM
Mary Burke Still Refuses to Give an Answer on Act 10

MacIver News Service - Mary Burke once again ignored questions about her position on Act 10 and whether she would repeal the law on Saturday. After a speech, the MacIver Institute tried to ask Burke about her position on Act 10. When asked if she would repeal the collective bargaining law, a campaign staffer promptly got in the way and Burke quickly walked in the other direction. Read More »

17 Wisconsin High Schools Make Newsweek's List of Top 500 High Schools in America

Comments | Posted in News | By Policy Staff | Posted September 15, 2014 3:12 AM
17 Wisconsin High Schools Make Newsweek's List of Top 500 High Schools in America

Newsweek recently released their annual list of the top 500 public high schools in America. Wisconsin was well represented in that index, claiming 17 of the best institutions in the country. Two charter schools led the way. Read More »

Wisconsin can Enforce Voter ID Law in November Election "If It Wishes"

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted September 12, 2014 4:35 PM
Wisconsin can Enforce Voter ID Law in November Election

MacIver News Service - The Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals stayed an injunction against Wisconsin's voter identification law on Friday afternoon, opening the door for the law to be enforced in November's election. Read More »

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