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Rapid Growth in Wisconsin's Medicaid Program Could Cause Strain on State Budget

MacIver News Service - The Department of Health Services (DHS) has requested a $2.78 billion increase in funding for the 2015-17 biennium. The new dollars would grow the agency's total budget to nearly $23 billion, or roughly one-third of the entire state budget. Read More »

Federal Rule Change to Hurt Wisconsin's Disabled Workers, Their Families

The MacIver Institute recently highlighted a federal rule change from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that could mean the end of work programs for people with disabilities all across Wisconsin. Folks from more than 50 organizations in the state could be negatively impacted by the new rule. Read More »

Sound Fiscal Management Leads Unemployment Trust Fund Back to Solvency

MacIver News Service - The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced this week that all interest owed to the federal government for its loan to Wisconsin's Unemployment Insurance (UI) Trust Fund will be paid in full by June of next year. Read More »

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 »

New Report Cards Show Most Milwaukee Schools Still Struggling

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 »


Rapid Growth in Wisconsin's Medicaid Program Could Cause Strain on State Budget

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted September 22, 2014 1:54 PM
Rapid Growth in Wisconsin's Medicaid Program Could Cause Strain on State Budget

MacIver News Service - The Department of Health Services (DHS) has requested a $2.78 billion increase in funding for the 2015-17 biennium. The new dollars would grow the agency's total budget to nearly $23 billion, or roughly one-third of the entire state budget. Read More »

Federal Rule Change to Hurt Wisconsin's Disabled Workers, Their Families

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By Nick Novak | Posted September 22, 2014 3:00 AM

The MacIver Institute recently highlighted a federal rule change from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that could mean the end of work programs for people with disabilities all across Wisconsin. Folks from more than 50 organizations in the state could be negatively impacted by the new rule. Read More »

PRESS RELEASE: School Report Cards a Wake-Up Call for Milwaukee Parents and Every Wisconsinite

Comments | Posted in Featured | By Nick Novak | Posted September 19, 2014 2:00 PM
PRESS RELEASE: School Report Cards a Wake-Up Call for Milwaukee Parents and Every Wisconsinite

PRESS RELEASE - Christian D'Andrea, Education Policy Specialist at the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy, released the following statement about the lagging student performance in Milwaukee and DPI's School Report Cards. Read More »

Sound Fiscal Management Leads Unemployment Trust Fund Back to Solvency

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted September 19, 2014 3:00 AM
Sound Fiscal Management Leads Unemployment Trust Fund Back to Solvency

MacIver News Service - The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced this week that all interest owed to the federal government for its loan to Wisconsin's Unemployment Insurance (UI) Trust Fund will be paid in full by June of next year. 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 »

New Report Cards Show Most Milwaukee Schools Still Struggling

Comments | Posted in News | By Policy Staff | Posted September 18, 2014 1:28 PM
New Report Cards Show Most Milwaukee Schools Still Struggling

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 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 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 »

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