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Portland Streetcar Advocates Exaggerate Ridership, Efficiency According to Audit

MacIver News Service - As the debate over a proposed streetcar in downtown Milwaukee continues, the example often held up by supporters as a huge success - the Portland streetcar - is experiencing a setback after a recent city audit showed ridership and "on-time" data was being inflated. Read More »

UW System to See Cuts, More Autonomy under Scott Walker's Plan

MacIver News Service - Gov. Scott Walker announced his plan on Tuesday to give the University of Wisconsin System more budgetary flexibility in exchange for an annual decrease in funding of $150 million a year. Read More »

Scott Walker Partially Relies on Jock Tax to Help Pay for Bucks Arena

MacIver Perspective by James Wigderson - Walker's announcement is the inclusion of the "jock tax" in the state budget to help finance a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, as reported by the Business Journal last Friday. However, the new proposal is different than what was originally floated. Read More »

The Economic Effects of the New EPA Rules on the State of Wisconsin

A Report by The Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University and The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy - New electricity regulations being proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would have devastating effects on the U.S. economy, but would be even more detrimental to Wisconsin's families and businesses. Read More »

$1.6 Billion Spent in Wisconsin's Failing Public Schools Between 2011 and 2014

In three years, local, state, and federal tax funds comprised over $1.6 billion in revenue that went to schools that failed to meet Wisconsin's standards. That's a tremendous expenditure with little return. Read More »


Portland Streetcar Advocates Exaggerate Ridership, Efficiency According to Audit

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted January 29, 2015 3:00 AM
Portland Streetcar Advocates Exaggerate Ridership, Efficiency According to Audit

MacIver News Service - As the debate over a proposed streetcar in downtown Milwaukee continues, the example often held up by supporters as a huge success - the Portland streetcar - is experiencing a setback after a recent city audit showed ridership and "on-time" data was being inflated. Read More »

Prevailing Wage Bill Could Save Taxpayers Millions Annually in Public Works Projects

Comments | Posted in News | By Policy Staff | Posted January 28, 2015 2:58 PM
Prevailing Wage Bill Could Save Taxpayers Millions Annually in Public Works Projects

Legislation soon to be introduced by Rep. Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield) would eliminate Wisconsin's prevailing wage law in order to allow for greater competition in the bidding process for public works projects, Read More »

UW System to See Cuts, More Autonomy under Scott Walker's Plan

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted January 27, 2015 1:12 PM
UW System to See Cuts, More Autonomy under Scott Walker's Plan

MacIver News Service - Gov. Scott Walker announced his plan on Tuesday to give the University of Wisconsin System more budgetary flexibility in exchange for an annual decrease in funding of $150 million a year. Read More »

Scott Walker Partially Relies on Jock Tax to Help Pay for Bucks Arena

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted January 27, 2015 11:45 AM
Scott Walker Partially Relies on Jock Tax to Help Pay for Bucks Arena

MacIver Perspective by James Wigderson - Walker's announcement is the inclusion of the "jock tax" in the state budget to help finance a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, as reported by the Business Journal last Friday. However, the new proposal is different than what was originally floated. Read More »

STUDY: EPA Regulations to Increase Wisconsin Electricity Prices 19%, Eliminate 20,995 Jobs by 2030

Comments | Posted in Featured | By Nick Novak | Posted January 27, 2015 3:01 AM
STUDY: EPA Regulations to Increase Wisconsin Electricity Prices 19%, Eliminate 20,995 Jobs by 2030

PRESS RELEASE - The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy released a policy brief in conjunction with the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University on Tuesday that shows newly proposed EPA regulations will increase electricity prices by 19 percent and eliminate nearly 21,000 jobs by 2030. Read More »

$1.6 Billion Spent in Wisconsin's Failing Public Schools Between 2011 and 2014

Comments | Posted in News | By Policy Staff | Posted January 26, 2015 10:19 AM
$1.6 Billion Spent in Wisconsin's Failing Public Schools Between 2011 and 2014

In three years, local, state, and federal tax funds comprised over $1.6 billion in revenue that went to schools that failed to meet Wisconsin's standards. That's a tremendous expenditure with little return. Read More »

Fiscal Bureau Memo: Current Budget Deficit Grows to $283 Million

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted January 23, 2015 4:57 PM
Fiscal Bureau Memo: Current Budget Deficit Grows to $283 Million

MacIver News Service - New state revenue estimates from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) were released Friday predicting Wisconsin's general fund tax collections will increase 4.7 percent in 2016 and 3.8 percent in 2017 as the national economy picks up steam. Read More »

Boston Fed CEO Stresses Any Upcoming Interest Rate Changes Won't Impact Economy

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted January 23, 2015 3:15 AM
Boston Fed CEO Stresses Any Upcoming Interest Rate Changes Won't Impact Economy

MacIver News Service - Any changes to the Federal Reserve's interest rate would not have major impact on the economy, according to Eric Rosengren, who outlined his approach and predictions on monetary policy normalization at a recent Wisconsin Banker's Association luncheon. Read More »

Obama Offers Clear Vision to Take America Backward

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted January 23, 2015 3:00 AM
Obama Offers Clear Vision to Take America Backward

From the Washington Times - Let's be honest, no one was surprised by what President Obama said in his latest State of the Union address. He had been trying to sell his ill-conceived ideas for weeks leading up to Tuesday night's speech. What would be surprising is if any of his announcements ended up affecting public policy in our country. Read More »

Chart of the Day: Most Wisconsin Employees Work for Pass-Through Businesses

Comments | Posted in Charts | By Matt Crumb | Posted January 23, 2015 1:00 AM
Chart of the Day: Most Wisconsin Employees Work for Pass-Through Businesses

Think the personal income tax only matters for individuals? Think again. As the Tax Foundation lays out, most of Wisconsin's workforce is employed by "pass-through" entities who pay the individual income tax. In these types of businesses, profits are "passed through" to the owners or shareholders and taxed by the federal and state income tax code. Read More »

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