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Legislative Fiscal Bureau Finds Gov. Walker's Budget Will Finish With Surplus

MacIver News Service - Wisconsin's non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) found that Gov. Scott Walker's 2015-17 budget will finish fiscal year 2016 (FY16) with a $92 million surplus and end FY17 $123 million in the black, according to a summary released Thursday. Read More »

As Responsibilities Dwindle, Does Wisconsin Need a Secretary of State?

MacIver Perspective by James Wigderson - Secretary of State Doug La Follette, the Milton Waddams of state government, is not happy with his new office assignment. Included in Governor Scott Walker's budget proposal is a plan to move La Follette into the Capitol basement to share office space with State Treasurer Matt Adamczyk. It may be the oddest pairing not on stage in a Neil Simon play. Read More »

Big Labor's Most Profane & Outrageous Signs at Anti-Right-to-Work Protest

The energy and crowds are nothing like four years ago when Gov. Scott Walker and legislators passed Act 10 - which reformed public-sector collective bargaining privileges. But, the heated and over-the-top rhetoric from the left has not changed. Big Labor threw out all the punches during protests in Madison this week. Read More »

Assembly GOP Launches Website for Constituents to Voice Opinion on Right-to-Work

MacIver News Service - Want to register your opinion on right-to-work, but don't have time to make it to the hearing on Monday? The Assembly GOP has launched a new website with information about right-to-work and a portal to instantly register your views on the bill moving through the legislature. Read More »

Wisconsin Senate Passes Right-to-Work, Bill Heads to Assembly

MacIver News Service - The State Senate voted on Wednesday night to approve Senate Bill 44 (SB44), which would make Wisconsin the 25th right-to-work state in the country. Read More »


Legislative Fiscal Bureau Finds Gov. Walker's Budget Will Finish With Surplus

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted February 27, 2015 11:10 AM
Legislative Fiscal Bureau Finds Gov. Walker's Budget Will Finish With Surplus

MacIver News Service - Wisconsin's non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) found that Gov. Scott Walker's 2015-17 budget will finish fiscal year 2016 (FY16) with a $92 million surplus and end FY17 $123 million in the black, according to a summary released Thursday. Read More »

As Responsibilities Dwindle, Does Wisconsin Need a Secretary of State?

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted February 27, 2015 3:00 AM
As Responsibilities Dwindle, Does Wisconsin Need a Secretary of State?

MacIver Perspective by James Wigderson - Secretary of State Doug La Follette, the Milton Waddams of state government, is not happy with his new office assignment. Included in Governor Scott Walker's budget proposal is a plan to move La Follette into the Capitol basement to share office space with State Treasurer Matt Adamczyk. It may be the oddest pairing not on stage in a Neil Simon play. Read More »

Big Labor's Most Profane & Outrageous Signs at Anti-Right-to-Work Protest

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted February 26, 2015 12:32 PM
Big Labor's Most Profane & Outrageous Signs at Anti-Right-to-Work Protest

The energy and crowds are nothing like four years ago when Gov. Scott Walker and legislators passed Act 10 - which reformed public-sector collective bargaining privileges. But, the heated and over-the-top rhetoric from the left has not changed. Big Labor threw out all the punches during protests in Madison this week. Read More »

Assembly GOP Launches Website for Constituents to Voice Opinion on Right-to-Work

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted February 26, 2015 12:28 PM
Assembly GOP Launches Website for Constituents to Voice Opinion on Right-to-Work

MacIver News Service - Want to register your opinion on right-to-work, but don't have time to make it to the hearing on Monday? The Assembly GOP has launched a new website with information about right-to-work and a portal to instantly register your views on the bill moving through the legislature. Read More »

Wisconsin Senate Passes Right-to-Work, Bill Heads to Assembly

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted February 26, 2015 10:02 AM
Wisconsin Senate Passes Right-to-Work, Bill Heads to Assembly

MacIver News Service - The State Senate voted on Wednesday night to approve Senate Bill 44 (SB44), which would make Wisconsin the 25th right-to-work state in the country. Read More »

STUDY: Wisconsin Will Lose Over 20,000 Manufacturing Jobs Under EPA's Clean Power Plan

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted February 25, 2015 2:30 PM
STUDY: Wisconsin Will Lose Over 20,000 Manufacturing Jobs Under EPA's Clean Power Plan

MacIver Institute - In yet another warning of the detrimental effects of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan, The Heritage Foundation estimates that Wisconsin would lose 20,421 manufacturing jobs by 2023 if the regulations are finalized. Read More »

Disorganized Labor No Match for Right-to-Work?

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted February 25, 2015 2:15 PM

A general strike in Wisconsin was unanimously agreed to at a protest rally in the Wisconsin Capitol on Wednesday morning by voice vote... But not everyone seems to be onboard. Read More »

The Last Protester Standing

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted February 25, 2015 11:53 AM

Irving Smith has outlasted pretty much every other protester left from the 2011 budget repair bill occupation. On Friday, he was the only one to show up for the noontime singalong. This week, the right to work bill has brought a new influx of protesters. However, for Irving Smith, it can still be lonely in the center. Read More »

New Research Shows Anti-Right-to-Work Study is Flawed

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By Nick Novak | Posted February 25, 2015 2:00 AM

MacIver News Service - Professors from the University of Oregon and Marquette University relied on research that claimed right-to-work laws cause wages to decrease in their testimony in opposition to Senate Bill 44 on Tuesday. However, new research from the Heritage Foundation shows their research was flawed and inaccurate. Read More »

Right-to-Work Protest Draws Far Fewer to Madison than Act 10

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By Nick Novak | Posted February 24, 2015 7:00 PM

MacIver News Service - On the first day of the Act 10 protests, more than 13,000 people stormed the capitol. Many expected a similar presence as the debate over right-to-work officially began in the Senate, but just about 2,000 people came to Madison. Read More »

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