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The MacIver Report: Wisconsin This Week – Tax Day, Transpo, and Paul Ryan
It's Tax Day, the time when taxpayers settle up with Uncle Sam and throw more of their hard earned cash into the federal dumpster fire. Team MacIver offers solemn reflections on voracious politicians (and big-money road builders) who think they're entitled to more of your money. And of course, the big story of the past week: the retirement of House Speaker Paul Ryan.  Read More The MacIver Report: Wisconsin This Week – Tax Day, Transpo, and Paul Ryan
WEAC Suffers Worst Revenue Decline in Nation – Again
By Chris Rochester - Wisconsin’s largest teachers union suffered a decline in revenue of nearly 19 percent between 2014-15 and 2015-16, the largest decline of any teachers union in the country, according to a new report by the Education Intelligence Agency.  Read More WEAC Suffers Worst Revenue Decline in Nation – Again
Gas Tax Debate: Round 2
If Wisconsin were to get 2 percent of the $20 billion available, that would come out to $400 million a year. Of course, remember there’s a cost sharing requirement of 20/80. So in order to get that $400 million, Wisconsin would have to increase annual transportation funding by $1.6 billion.  Read More Gas Tax Debate: Round 2
Trump’s Welfare Reform Initiative Bodes Well For Wisconsin Plan
By M.D. Kittle - Amid the din of D.C. intrigue, President Donald Trump this week issued an executive order aimed at fighting poverty while protecting taxpayers. And the initiative appears to bode well for Wisconsin's latest welfare reform package.   Read More Trump’s Welfare Reform Initiative Bodes Well For Wisconsin Plan
Madison Offers More Than $164,000 For “Director of Transportation”
By Bill Osmulski - After getting by without a transportation director for over 25 years, the City of Madison suddenly decided its need for one is so pressing, it’s willing to pay up to a $164,950 salary plus benefits for one.  Read More Madison Offers More Than $164,000 For “Director of Transportation”
Nation’s Report Card: Student Scores Mostly Stagnate, But Achievement Gaps Widen 
By Ola Lisowski - Performance in math and reading has stayed flat for most American students, according to a new national data release from the Department of Education. Students in Wisconsin scored above the national average in both subjects, with fourth-grade reading scores falling by one point and scores for both tested grades staying flat in math.  Read More Nation’s Report Card: Student Scores Mostly Stagnate, But Achievement Gaps Widen 
Why Did Washington Look Away as the VA Fueled an Opioid Addiction in Our Community?
Special Guest Perspective By Shannon Hough – I was appalled that medical professionals at our local VA were enabling—perhaps even causing—this epidemic in my city. Yet, there was only so much this small-city mayor could do. So I, along with other local elected officials and concerned citizens, alerted our U.S. senators and representatives in Washington. Sadly, our calls went unanswered. The silence was deafening.  Read More Why Did Washington Look Away as the VA Fueled an Opioid Addiction in Our Community?
Spring School Referenda Raise Taxes $563 Million Statewide
By Ola Lisowski - Voters across the state agreed to raise taxes by $563 million during Tuesday’s spring election. Of a proposed $667 million overall tax hike, the vast majority - 84 percent - were approved.  Read More Spring School Referenda Raise Taxes $563 Million Statewide