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Bucks Arena Plan: It Might Not Be 'Cheaper to Keep Them'

Details of the proposal for a new Bucks arena in downtown Milwaukee were released on Monday, and an analysis by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) highlighted some bad news for supporters of the plan: it might not be cheaper to keep the Bucks in Wisconsin. Read More »

ANALYSIS: Assembly Unveils So-Called Prevailing Wage "Reform" Plan

On Monday, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) unveiled a plan to reform the state's prevailing wage law, saying it was the only solution that could ultimately pass. However, the proposal falls far short of repealing the law - as some had hoped would happen. Also, the Senate is expected to announce its own plan, which would go much further. Read More »

Assembly Prevailing Wage Reform Plan Falls Far Short of Repeal

MacIver News Service - Even though a majority of Assembly Republicans still support completely repealing prevailing wage, and the Senate is expected to unveil an aggressive reform plan this week that essentially guts the law, Assembly Republican leadership unveiled an uninspiring 34 page reform proposal on Monday at a press conference. Read More »

Reaction To The King vs. Burwell Decision From The Supreme Court

A sampling of today's reaction to the Supreme Court decision in the King vs. Burwell case Read More »

Wisconsin's Prevailing Wage versus The Bureau of Labor Statistics

MacIver News Service - Although supporters of prevailing wage claim the rates are intended to be typical for occupations in specific locations, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics calls into question how typical those rates really are. Read More »


Bucks Arena Plan: It Might Not Be 'Cheaper to Keep Them'

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted June 30, 2015 12:45 PM
Bucks Arena Plan: It Might Not Be 'Cheaper to Keep Them'

Details of the proposal for a new Bucks arena in downtown Milwaukee were released on Monday, and an analysis by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) highlighted some bad news for supporters of the plan: it might not be cheaper to keep the Bucks in Wisconsin. Read More »

ANALYSIS: Assembly Unveils So-Called Prevailing Wage "Reform" Plan

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted June 29, 2015 6:22 PM
ANALYSIS: Assembly Unveils So-Called Prevailing Wage

On Monday, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) unveiled a plan to reform the state's prevailing wage law, saying it was the only solution that could ultimately pass. However, the proposal falls far short of repealing the law - as some had hoped would happen. Also, the Senate is expected to announce its own plan, which would go much further. Read More »

Assembly Prevailing Wage Reform Plan Falls Far Short of Repeal

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By Nick Novak | Posted June 29, 2015 5:08 PM

MacIver News Service - Even though a majority of Assembly Republicans still support completely repealing prevailing wage, and the Senate is expected to unveil an aggressive reform plan this week that essentially guts the law, Assembly Republican leadership unveiled an uninspiring 34 page reform proposal on Monday at a press conference. Read More »

Reaction To The King vs. Burwell Decision From The Supreme Court

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 25, 2015 3:38 PM
Reaction To The King vs. Burwell Decision From The Supreme Court

A sampling of today's reaction to the Supreme Court decision in the King vs. Burwell case Read More »

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies in King v. Burwell Case

Comments | Posted in Featured | By Nick Novak | Posted June 25, 2015 9:49 AM
U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies in King v. Burwell Case

June 25, 2015 For Immediate Release Contact: Nick Novak 608-237-7290 nnovak@maciverinstitute.com [Madison, Wisc...] On Thursday, the United States Supreme Court upheld subsidies offered through the Affordable Care Act in states that have a federal exchange as constitutional. While the text... Read More »

Wisconsin's Prevailing Wage versus The Bureau of Labor Statistics

Comments | Posted in Charts | By MacIverNews | Posted June 24, 2015 3:00 AM
Wisconsin's Prevailing Wage versus The Bureau of Labor Statistics

MacIver News Service - Although supporters of prevailing wage claim the rates are intended to be typical for occupations in specific locations, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics calls into question how typical those rates really are. Read More »

Advice to Taxpayers: Find Out Where Your Transportation Dollars are Going

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted June 24, 2015 2:00 AM
Advice to Taxpayers: Find Out Where Your Transportation Dollars are Going

Summer is here, and that means America is hitting the roads for family road-trips, driving into town for big concerts or just letting the top down for a joy ride. Meanwhile, Congress and state legislatures across the nation can't figure out how to sustainably fund their transportation budgets to keep those roads serviceable. Read More »

State Investment Board Sees Smaller Returns in 2014, Still Grows Assets

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted June 22, 2015 11:21 AM
State Investment Board Sees Smaller Returns in 2014, Still Grows Assets

MacIver News Service - Wisconsin's Core Retirement Investment Fund and Variable Retirement Investment Fund experienced a sharp drop of 69 percent and 55 percent respectively in their net investment income during 2014, according to a Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) report. Both funds are managed by the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB) and consist of state employee contributions through the Wisconsin Retirement System. Read More »

Want to Save Taxpayer Money on the Bucks Arena? Here's How.

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted June 22, 2015 10:00 AM
Want to Save Taxpayer Money on the Bucks Arena? Here's How.

MacIver Perspective by Nick Novak - From what we have seen, the proposed plan for a new Bucks arena in downtown Milwaukee is anything but a win for taxpayers. Estimates put the total cost to taxpayers at $400 million, and there is very little return for that money. To take this deal from being bad for taxpayers to being less bad for taxpayers, we at the MacIver Institute have some ideas. Read More »

Legislators Playing Politics with Transportation Budget

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted June 19, 2015 7:30 AM
Legislators Playing Politics with Transportation Budget

In a rare case of public disagreement, Republican leaders have made it abundantly clear they are not even close to having a deal on the transportation budget. It has been nearly three weeks since the Joint Committee on Finance last met as leaders in the Assembly and Senate have been trying to create the magic formula to finish their deliberations on Gov. Scott Walker's budget. Read More »

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