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Why the Prevailing Wage Law Proves Problematic

MacIver News Service - "Unique Averages," "Methodological Flaw," and "Calculation Bias" are just some of the terms used in a recent study on how Wisconsin's Department of Workforce Development determines prevailing wages across the state. Because of that, the MacIver Institute decided to look into the many problems associated with the prevailing wage law. Read More »

UW-Madison Admin Says Minimum Wage Hike Could Lead to Higher Costs, Fewer Jobs

MacIver Perspective by Nick Novak - In the middle of legislative debate on the Wisconsin state budget, a vote taken by a different elected body less than a mile away could have a detrimental impact on college students. Read More »

Wisconsin Tax Freedom Day Falls on April 25th

MacIver News Service - On April 25th, Wisconsinites will have worked enough days to pay off the taxman. That's according to the Tax Foundation's Tax Freedom Day initiative, which finds out how long the average citizen in each state must work to pay off all local, state and federal tax liability. Read More »

School Choice About More Options, Not Separate School System

MacIver Perspective by James Wigderson - What school choice supporters need to do is talk less about private and public schools as competitors and more about finding the right match for the right student. The message of finding the right educational setting for every student by giving parents choices is not only a winning message, but it focuses our attention on funding the education of children instead of so-called competing "systems." Read More »

UW Colleges Could Merge Campus Administrations, Save Millions

MacIver News Service - Carmen Wilson, UW Rock County Dean, says the plan under consideration would involve campuses forming regional organizations that share deans and other administrative personnel. Other positions would become centralized and serve the entire state. Read More »


Why the Prevailing Wage Law Proves Problematic

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By Nick Novak | Posted April 27, 2015 3:01 AM

MacIver News Service - "Unique Averages," "Methodological Flaw," and "Calculation Bias" are just some of the terms used in a recent study on how Wisconsin's Department of Workforce Development determines prevailing wages across the state. Because of that, the MacIver Institute decided to look into the many problems associated with the prevailing wage law. Read More »

UW-Madison Admin Says Minimum Wage Hike Could Lead to Higher Costs, Fewer Jobs

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted April 27, 2015 3:00 AM
UW-Madison Admin Says Minimum Wage Hike Could Lead to Higher Costs, Fewer Jobs

MacIver Perspective by Nick Novak - In the middle of legislative debate on the Wisconsin state budget, a vote taken by a different elected body less than a mile away could have a detrimental impact on college students. Read More »

Wisconsin Tax Freedom Day Falls on April 25th

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted April 24, 2015 8:07 AM
Wisconsin Tax Freedom Day Falls on April 25th

MacIver News Service - On April 25th, Wisconsinites will have worked enough days to pay off the taxman. That's according to the Tax Foundation's Tax Freedom Day initiative, which finds out how long the average citizen in each state must work to pay off all local, state and federal tax liability. Read More »

School Choice About More Options, Not Separate School System

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted April 24, 2015 5:00 AM
School Choice About More Options, Not Separate School System

MacIver Perspective by James Wigderson - What school choice supporters need to do is talk less about private and public schools as competitors and more about finding the right match for the right student. The message of finding the right educational setting for every student by giving parents choices is not only a winning message, but it focuses our attention on funding the education of children instead of so-called competing "systems." Read More »

Mayor Tom Barrett Needs to End His Trolley Folly Lawsuit

Comments | Posted in Featured | By Nick Novak | Posted April 23, 2015 9:45 AM
Mayor Tom Barrett Needs to End His Trolley Folly Lawsuit

PRESS RELEASE - As construction on the Milwaukee streetcar is set to start soon, Brett Healy released the following statement calling on Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to drop his lawsuit against the PSC. Read More »

UW Colleges Could Merge Campus Administrations, Save Millions

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted April 23, 2015 3:00 AM

MacIver News Service - Carmen Wilson, UW Rock County Dean, says the plan under consideration would involve campuses forming regional organizations that share deans and other administrative personnel. Other positions would become centralized and serve the entire state. Read More »

Social Enterprises: A Solution to Employing the Hard-to-Employ?

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted April 22, 2015 5:14 PM
Social Enterprises: A Solution to Employing the Hard-to-Employ?

MacIver News Service - Social enterprises might be one part of the answer to combating poverty in the United States, according to a new study by the New Jersey-based Mathematica Policy Research. Read More »

MacIver Joins 50 Other Organizations Urging Congress to Let Export-Import Bank Expire

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted April 22, 2015 10:15 AM
MacIver Joins 50 Other Organizations Urging Congress to Let Export-Import Bank Expire

The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy joined more than 50 other organizations in urging Congress to let the Export-Import Bank expire, arguing that it interferes with the free market and jeopardizes billions of dollars of taxpayer funds. Read More »

Senate Approves New Reporting Requirements for UW Schools

Comments | Posted in News | By MacIverNews | Posted April 21, 2015 5:46 PM
Senate Approves New Reporting Requirements for UW Schools

MacIver News Service - The University of Wisconsin System will soon have to report to the legislature where their students, who require remedial education, went to high school. Read More »

Criminal Justice Reform is a Conservative Issue

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted April 21, 2015 3:00 AM
Criminal Justice Reform is a Conservative Issue

MacIver Perspective by Grover Norquist - Draconian punishments for minor infractions, an ever-expanding prisoner population and a legal regime that allows authorities to seize property without a warrant are all slowly eroding the freedoms that the nation has come to expect. For years, lawmakers have focused almost exclusively on being "tough on crime," all the while forgetting to get "smart on crime." Read More »

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