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And We're Off - Legislature Takes Up 2017-19 Budget

MacIver News Service - On Tuesday, the legislature began to hold hearings on Governor Scott Walker's 2017-2019 budget proposal, which spends approximately $76 billion over the biennium. Read More »

Road Builders Could Soon Also Become Road Designers In Wisconsin

MacIver News - When a road project is planned in Wisconsin, the company that designs it is not always the company that will build it. Governor Walker is proposing changing that model in the next state budget, hoping it will lead to more innovation and efficiency in future road designs. Hoffman Construction in Black River Falls says it would be a big improvement from our current system. Read More »

Yes, Obamacare is Still a Disaster

By Chris Rochester - As President Trump said on Friday after the AHCA was pulled, Obamacare will inevitably "explode." But lawmakers can't wait around for that to happen and then try to blame the Democrats. A solution that can pass the House and Senate and be signed by the president must be found. Read More »

Anti-Trump Protesters Denounce "Fascism," "White Supremacists"

MacIver News Service - Protesters proclaiming their opposition to President Trump and what they believe is the hateful agenda of him and his supporters gathered in Milwaukee on Saturday. Read More »

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 »


And We're Off - Legislature Takes Up 2017-19 Budget

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted March 28, 2017 4:47 PM
And We're Off - Legislature Takes Up 2017-19 Budget

MacIver News Service - On Tuesday, the legislature began to hold hearings on Governor Scott Walker's 2017-2019 budget proposal, which spends approximately $76 billion over the biennium. Read More »

Road Builders Could Soon Also Become Road Designers In Wisconsin

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted March 28, 2017 4:30 AM

MacIver News - When a road project is planned in Wisconsin, the company that designs it is not always the company that will build it. Governor Walker is proposing changing that model in the next state budget, hoping it will lead to more innovation and efficiency in future road designs. Hoffman Construction in Black River Falls says it would be a big improvement from our current system. Read More »

Yes, Obamacare is Still a Disaster

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted March 27, 2017 5:05 AM
Yes, Obamacare is Still a Disaster

By Chris Rochester - As President Trump said on Friday after the AHCA was pulled, Obamacare will inevitably "explode." But lawmakers can't wait around for that to happen and then try to blame the Democrats. A solution that can pass the House and Senate and be signed by the president must be found. Read More »

Anti-Trump Protesters Denounce "Fascism," "White Supremacists"

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted March 27, 2017 5:00 AM
Anti-Trump Protesters Denounce

MacIver News Service - Protesters proclaiming their opposition to President Trump and what they believe is the hateful agenda of him and his supporters gathered in Milwaukee on Saturday. Read More »

Trump's EZ Answer to Minority and Rust Belt Communities

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted March 24, 2017 5:05 AM
Trump's EZ Answer to Minority and Rust Belt Communities

By Jerry Gonzalez - Empowerment Zones (EZs) began as a bipartisan effort in the early 1990s to fight economically blighted areas. Today, they are an opportunity for the Trump Administration to take the lead in restoring economic opportunity in impoverished areas. The question for the Administration now becomes, "what have you got to lose?" Read More »

Expanded Earned Income Tax Credit Will Encourage Work

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted March 24, 2017 5:00 AM
Expanded Earned Income Tax Credit Will Encourage Work

By Secretary Richard Chandler - Making sure Wisconsin's EITC is as effective as possible will encourage more people to start climbing the job ladder, help employers fill jobs, and strengthen Wisconsin's economy. 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 »

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