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Minimum Wage Protesters Focused on Policy or Politics?

MacIver News Service - Protesters gathered in Milwaukee and Madison on Thursday to call for a higher minimum wage. However, organizers seemed to have more than a change in state law on their minds. At both events speakers talked openly about the importance of the upcoming election, even encouraging protesters to take part in campaign efforts for specific candidates. Read More »

Adamczyk, Candidate For State Treasurer, Raises Questions About DPI Employee Trip To Disney

Maciver News Service - Did DPI Pay Extra For Early Travel To Disney? State Treasurer Candidate Matt Adamczyk seems to think so, but DPI defends the expenditures as in line with state regulations. Read More »

Paul Ryan: 'We Need to Expand Opportunity in This Country'

MacIver News Service - U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) introduced a range of policy ideas to combat poverty in America during a speech at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) on Thursday morning. Ryan has spent the last year touring the country and learning from people who are in his words, "fighting poverty on the front lines." Read More »

Expanding Opportunity in America: A Conversation with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan

Our friends at American Enterprise Institute hosted Congressman Paul Ryan this morning for a discussion on his plan to expand opportunity in America and combat poverty. Watch the video here. Read More »

Rep. Dale Kooyenga on Tax Reform: More Work To Be Done

Last year many Wisconsin residents celebrated Wisconsin's first measurable tax cuts in nearly a decade. In addition to cutting taxes, progress was made in simplifying the tax code as evidenced by the elimination of 17 tax credits, downsizing from five to four tax brackets and eliminating Wisconsin's depreciation schedules in favor of adopting federal standards. In just over two years, Wisconsin went from billions in the red, to cutting both income and property taxes. Read More »


Minimum Wage Protesters Focused on Policy or Politics?

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By Nick Novak | Posted July 25, 2014 3:47 PM

MacIver News Service - Protesters gathered in Milwaukee and Madison on Thursday to call for a higher minimum wage. However, organizers seemed to have more than a change in state law on their minds. At both events speakers talked openly about the importance of the upcoming election, even encouraging protesters to take part in campaign efforts for specific candidates. Read More »

Adamczyk, Candidate For State Treasurer, Raises Questions About DPI Employee Trip To Disney

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 25, 2014 10:00 AM
Adamczyk, Candidate For State Treasurer, Raises Questions About DPI Employee Trip To Disney

Maciver News Service - Did DPI Pay Extra For Early Travel To Disney? State Treasurer Candidate Matt Adamczyk seems to think so, but DPI defends the expenditures as in line with state regulations. Read More »

Paul Ryan: 'We Need to Expand Opportunity in This Country'

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted July 24, 2014 9:22 AM
Paul Ryan: 'We Need to Expand Opportunity in This Country'

MacIver News Service - U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) introduced a range of policy ideas to combat poverty in America during a speech at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) on Thursday morning. Ryan has spent the last year touring the country and learning from people who are in his words, "fighting poverty on the front lines." Read More »

Expanding Opportunity in America: A Conversation with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 24, 2014 8:07 AM
Expanding Opportunity in America: A Conversation with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan

Our friends at American Enterprise Institute hosted Congressman Paul Ryan this morning for a discussion on his plan to expand opportunity in America and combat poverty. Watch the video here. Read More »

Rep. Dale Kooyenga on Tax Reform: More Work To Be Done

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted July 23, 2014 3:00 AM
Rep. Dale Kooyenga on Tax Reform: More Work To Be Done

Last year many Wisconsin residents celebrated Wisconsin's first measurable tax cuts in nearly a decade. In addition to cutting taxes, progress was made in simplifying the tax code as evidenced by the elimination of 17 tax credits, downsizing from five to four tax brackets and eliminating Wisconsin's depreciation schedules in favor of adopting federal standards. In just over two years, Wisconsin went from billions in the red, to cutting both income and property taxes. Read More »

Government Accountability Board Votes Down Cameras at the Polls

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted July 22, 2014 9:04 AM
Government Accountability Board Votes Down Cameras at the Polls

[Madison, WI] A motion that would have allowed cameras at polling locations failed by a vote of 2-4 before the Government Accountability Board on Monday. Board members seemed more concerned that the proposal might violate a voter's privacy or intimidate a voter than that it might stop potential fraud. Read More »

Update: Lake Superior Tribes to Meet with EPA to Discuss GTAC Mine

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted July 21, 2014 9:20 AM
Update: Lake Superior Tribes to Meet with EPA to Discuss GTAC Mine

After sending a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on May 27 asking that the proposed Gogebic Taconite mine be stopped, six Lake Superior tribes will meet with the agency on August 16th in Grand Traverse, Michigan to discuss their concerns with the northern Wisconsin mining project. Read More »

Gov. Walker Calls For The Repeal Of Common Core But What Is Next?

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 18, 2014 2:13 PM
Gov. Walker Calls For The Repeal Of Common Core But What Is Next?

Can the Legislature and the stakeholders pass new standards quickly enough so school districts do not "waste" time teaching the existing Common Core standards? Read More »

Federal Transportation System Funding Update: House Skirts Long-Term Solution, Passes Short-Term Fix

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted July 18, 2014 8:48 AM
Federal Transportation System Funding Update: House Skirts Long-Term Solution, Passes Short-Term Fix

[Washington, D.C.] As the federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF) nears depletion in August, the U.S. Senate is considering a stopgap funding bill that will keep it solvent for eight more months. The U.S. Department of Transportation has warned that payments to states and localities for construction will be cut by 28 percent and that 700,000 jobs could be lost if the fund is allowed to run out. Read More »

Reaction to Governor Walker's Call to Repeal Common Core Standards

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted July 18, 2014 8:22 AM
Reaction to Governor Walker's Call to Repeal Common Core Standards

Yesterday, Governor Scott Walker surprised many political insiders when he called upon the Legislature to repeal the state's Common Core education standards. Here is a sampling of reactions to the Governor's statement: Read More »

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