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MacIver News Minute: Minimum Markup Reform Gets A Hearing, But Special Interests Reign Supreme
Lawmakers have a chance to repeal large swaths of the state's antiquated minimum markup law. A bill doing just that recently had a long-overdue hearing. But special interests have a lot to protect from the scourge of competition, and on this, they're calling the shots. Looks like deep discounts will remain illegal in Wisconsin for the foreseeable future.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Minimum Markup Reform Gets A Hearing, But Special Interests Reign Supreme
The Kimberly-Clark Bailout is a Bad Idea
Although it is well-intentioned, the Republican bill to give paper company Kimberly-Clark the same tax credit package as offered to electronics manufacturer Foxconn is simply bad economics and sets a troubling, if not unsustainable, precedent for economic development.  Read More The Kimberly-Clark Bailout is a Bad Idea
Your Brewery Or Your Family: Wisconsin Makes Veteran Pick
Wisconsin told William Glass if he wanted to open a craft brewery, he'd have to divorce his wife and give away his kids. He says the state's latest plan to regulate the brewery industry would make things even crazier.   Read More Your Brewery Or Your Family: Wisconsin Makes Veteran Pick
MacIver News Minute: Zombie Alcohol Czar Scheme Just Won’t Die
Just like the zombies in The Walking Dead, one particularly insidious proposal at Wisconsin's Capitol just won't die. The plan calls for beefing up Wisconsin's already-onerous three tier alcohol industry regulations and creating a powerful "alcohol czar" to lord over brewers and distillers. Such a scheme would likely run small, craft brewers and distilleries out of business. The proposal is dead, again, for now...but cronyism never seems to stay dead and buried.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Zombie Alcohol Czar Scheme Just Won’t Die
Republican Lawmakers Proposing $200 Million Tax Cut, Bringing Back Walker Plan
By M.D. Kittle - Republicans are working on a $200 million tax cut plan - the same income-tax relief package scrapped from Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal last year.   Read More Republican Lawmakers Proposing $200 Million Tax Cut, Bringing Back Walker Plan
Licensing Dental Therapists Is A Free Market Way To Help Ease Wisconsin’s Shortage Of Dental Care
MacIver's Matt Kittle is joined by Christy Jo Fogarty, a dental therapist in Minnesota, which has permitted professionals like her to practice since 2009. Dental therapists have helped ease dental access issues in our neighbor to the west, and it could do the same in Wisconsin. Simply put, licensing dental therapists is a free market way to address problems with dental care access in Wisconsin, and a bill doing just that is moving through the Legislature.  Read More Licensing Dental Therapists Is A Free Market Way To Help Ease Wisconsin’s Shortage Of Dental Care
Brewers Ask Lawmakers To Reject ‘Protectionist’ ‘Booze Czar’ Bill
By M.D. Kittle - Marine veteran William Glass fought in combat. But perhaps the biggest battle of his life was with bureaucrats who ultimately took away his American Dream.   Read More Brewers Ask Lawmakers To Reject ‘Protectionist’ ‘Booze Czar’ Bill
MacIver News Minute: Time To Investigate The John Doe Investigators
A new bill being circulated in the Legislature by Sen. Dave Craig and Rep. Joe Sanfelippo would establish a bicameral committee with the rarely used subpoena power. The aim would be to force slippery John Doe investigators and former GAB agents to sit before lawmakers and answer questions - under oath.  Read More MacIver News Minute: Time To Investigate The John Doe Investigators