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Wisconsin Works for Everyone: Welfare Reform in Walker's Budget Proposal

By Ola Lisowski - One major component of Gov. Scott Walker's 2017-2019 biennial budget proposal is the emphasis on different kinds of welfare reform. The Walker team began unveiling their "Wisconsin Works for Everyone" plan, also known as W-2, as early as January of this year. As continued preparation for the coming Joint Committee on Finance agency briefings and public hearings, let's revisit the plan. Read More »

Budget Bracketology

The Sweet 16 is here! The 2017-2019 State Budget Sweet 16, of course. Fill out your bracket ranking your favorite item in Governor Walker's proposed budget. You, the taxpayer, are in charge. Which "team" will come out on top? Income tax cuts or a property tax freeze? No gas tax increase or more money for K-12 education? You make the call. The "team" with the most votes advances to the next round. Read More »

Governor Walker's 2017-2019 Budget Overview

Earlier this month, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau completed its analysis of the budget and released its 504-page summary of the governor's budget recommendations. We break it down. Read More »

Biennial Budget Analysis: Spotlight on UW

By Ola Lisowski - In February, Gov. Scott Walker introduced his biennial budget for 2017-2019, officially launching this year's budget season. With the news that the Joint Finance Committee has finalized its dates for the forthcoming public hearings around the state, it's a good time to review what's in the queue for the University of Wisconsin System in this budget. Read More »

K-12 Education in Walker's Proposed Budget

By Ola Lisowski - Now that the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau's budget analysis is finally available to the public, let's look back at Gov. Scott Walker's K-12 education proposals for the 2017-19 biennial budget. Overall, the Department of Public Instruction sees a large increase of overall funding - $648.2 million more in total school aid than the last budget, a 6.0 percent increase. Read More »


Wisconsin Works for Everyone: Welfare Reform in Walker's Budget Proposal

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted March 23, 2017 10:42 AM
Wisconsin Works for Everyone: Welfare Reform in Walker's Budget Proposal

By Ola Lisowski - One major component of Gov. Scott Walker's 2017-2019 biennial budget proposal is the emphasis on different kinds of welfare reform. The Walker team began unveiling their "Wisconsin Works for Everyone" plan, also known as W-2, as early as January of this year. As continued preparation for the coming Joint Committee on Finance agency briefings and public hearings, let's revisit the plan. Read More »

Budget Bracketology

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted March 22, 2017 5:00 AM
Budget Bracketology

The Sweet 16 is here! The 2017-2019 State Budget Sweet 16, of course. Fill out your bracket ranking your favorite item in Governor Walker's proposed budget. You, the taxpayer, are in charge. Which "team" will come out on top? Income tax cuts or a property tax freeze? No gas tax increase or more money for K-12 education? You make the call. The "team" with the most votes advances to the next round. Read More »

Governor Walker's 2017-2019 Budget Overview

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted March 20, 2017 5:00 AM
Governor Walker's 2017-2019 Budget Overview

Earlier this month, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau completed its analysis of the budget and released its 504-page summary of the governor's budget recommendations. We break it down. Read More »

Biennial Budget Analysis: Spotlight on UW

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted March 20, 2017 4:15 AM
Biennial Budget Analysis: Spotlight on UW

By Ola Lisowski - In February, Gov. Scott Walker introduced his biennial budget for 2017-2019, officially launching this year's budget season. With the news that the Joint Finance Committee has finalized its dates for the forthcoming public hearings around the state, it's a good time to review what's in the queue for the University of Wisconsin System in this budget. Read More »

K-12 Education in Walker's Proposed Budget

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted March 20, 2017 4:00 AM
K-12 Education in Walker's Proposed Budget

By Ola Lisowski - Now that the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau's budget analysis is finally available to the public, let's look back at Gov. Scott Walker's K-12 education proposals for the 2017-19 biennial budget. Overall, the Department of Public Instruction sees a large increase of overall funding - $648.2 million more in total school aid than the last budget, a 6.0 percent increase. Read More »

Walker's Plans for the Transportation Budget

Comments | Posted in News | By MacIverNews | Posted March 20, 2017 1:03 AM
Walker's Plans for the Transportation Budget

By Bill Osmulski - Transportation will be the center of controversial during the budget debate, and it's expected many decisions will be decided based on their potential impact to road funding. Under Walker's budget, the Department of Transportation would receive $5.9 billion in all funds over the biennium. That's a 6.4% increase from the current budget, or $359 million. Read More »

No Surprise Here: MPS Blames $12 Million Less In Federal Title I Funding On School Choice

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted March 16, 2017 5:30 AM
No Surprise Here: MPS Blames $12 Million Less In Federal Title I Funding On School Choice

By MacIver Institute President Brett Healy - Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Darienne Driver recently announced that the district could face significant financial challenges, once again, as she begins her work preparing for the upcoming 2017-2018 budget deliberations. During an interview with Mike Gousha at a Marquette Law School program, Driver discussed the $1.2 billion dollar budget she will present in May and a potential $50 million dollar shortfall facing MPS. Read More »

A Constitutional Lesson for Democrats

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted March 16, 2017 5:00 AM
A Constitutional Lesson for Democrats

Special guest perspective by James Wigderson - Do Wisconsin Democrats need a class in the state constitution? During the debate over an amendment to eliminate the office of the state treasurer, it certainly seemed that way. Read More »

FULL REPEAL & REPLACE or OBAMACARE LITE?

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted March 14, 2017 1:35 PM
FULL REPEAL & REPLACE or OBAMACARE LITE?

By Chris Rochester - Speaker Paul Ryan and House Republicans rolled out their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare last week, making the legislation available for all to see - a stark contrast with the Democrats' approach to Obamacare. To help cut through all the confusion, we decided to give both sides of the debate an opportunity to make their case side-by-side. Read More »

La Crosse Taxpayers Shouldn't Be Fooled by "Premiere Resort" Tax Scheme

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted March 14, 2017 5:00 AM
La Crosse Taxpayers Shouldn't Be Fooled by

By Chris Rochester - The PRAT tax, the latest tax scheme cooked up by La Crosse County officials, is really just another half-percent sales tax that could be imposed on nearly all retail businesses in the county. As with any other sales tax, this $6.6 million new tax will inevitably be paid for by consumers like you. Read More »

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