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Half a Billion Dollars Spent in Wisconsin's Failing Public Schools Last Year

DPI data suggests that taxpayers spent approximately half a billion dollars to send Wisconsin K-12 students to chronically failing schools. And that was just in 2013-14 alone. A review of School Report Cards and average per-student revenue suggests that the state's underperforming schools are costly for students, families, and residents of the Badger State. Read More »

Joint Finance Co-Chair Talks Right to Work, Tax Reform

MacIver News Service - Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette), Co-Chair of the powerful Joint Committee of Finance, spoke with the MacIver Institute recently about his priorities for the upcoming session, the possibility of passing Right to Work and continued tax reform in Wisconsin. Read More »

New MPS Superintendent Discusses Community Buy-In, Standardized Testing, and Vacant Schools

The first-year superintendent also touched on some of the effects that Act 10 still has in the state's largest district. "After Act 10, our buying power is being contested. Other districts are offering higher salaries to teachers and admins. We're still competitive, but we are struggling to keep up." Read More »

Typical Wisconsin Property Tax Bill $141 Lower than 2010

MacIver News Service - Gov. Scott Walker toured the state on Wednesday to spread the good news that Wisconsin's typical property tax bill is $141 lower than it was in 2010, just before he took office. Much of the drop is thanks to an additional $400 million in funding from the state for Wisconsin's technical colleges. The funds reduced the tech colleges dependence on local property taxes by 50 percent this year. Read More »

GAB Board Members Concerned About Audit, Call On Staff to Give More Answers

MacIver News Service - Government Accountability Board (GAB) members and top GAB staff met Tuesday to discuss the audit report released last week by the Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB). The audit found a number of deficiencies with current operations at the GAB and provided a total of 34 recommendations for reform. Read More »


Half a Billion Dollars Spent in Wisconsin's Failing Public Schools Last Year

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted December 22, 2014 3:00 AM
Half a Billion Dollars Spent in Wisconsin's Failing Public Schools Last Year

DPI data suggests that taxpayers spent approximately half a billion dollars to send Wisconsin K-12 students to chronically failing schools. And that was just in 2013-14 alone. A review of School Report Cards and average per-student revenue suggests that the state's underperforming schools are costly for students, families, and residents of the Badger State. Read More »

Joint Finance Co-Chair Talks Right to Work, Tax Reform

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By Nick Novak | Posted December 22, 2014 2:00 AM

MacIver News Service - Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette), Co-Chair of the powerful Joint Committee of Finance, spoke with the MacIver Institute recently about his priorities for the upcoming session, the possibility of passing Right to Work and continued tax reform in Wisconsin. Read More »

New MPS Superintendent Discusses Community Buy-In, Standardized Testing, and Vacant Schools

Comments | Posted in News | By Policy Staff | Posted December 18, 2014 10:18 AM
New MPS Superintendent Discusses Community Buy-In, Standardized Testing, and Vacant Schools

The first-year superintendent also touched on some of the effects that Act 10 still has in the state's largest district. "After Act 10, our buying power is being contested. Other districts are offering higher salaries to teachers and admins. We're still competitive, but we are struggling to keep up." Read More »

Typical Wisconsin Property Tax Bill $141 Lower than 2010

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By Nick Novak | Posted December 18, 2014 3:00 AM

MacIver News Service - Gov. Scott Walker toured the state on Wednesday to spread the good news that Wisconsin's typical property tax bill is $141 lower than it was in 2010, just before he took office. Much of the drop is thanks to an additional $400 million in funding from the state for Wisconsin's technical colleges. The funds reduced the tech colleges dependence on local property taxes by 50 percent this year. Read More »

GAB Board Members Concerned About Audit, Call On Staff to Give More Answers

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted December 17, 2014 3:00 AM
GAB Board Members Concerned About Audit, Call On Staff to Give More Answers

MacIver News Service - Government Accountability Board (GAB) members and top GAB staff met Tuesday to discuss the audit report released last week by the Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB). The audit found a number of deficiencies with current operations at the GAB and provided a total of 34 recommendations for reform. Read More »

Wisconsin's GAAP Deficit Shrinks by $1.6 Billion in Past Three Fiscal Years

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted December 17, 2014 12:00 AM
Wisconsin's GAAP Deficit Shrinks by $1.6 Billion in Past Three Fiscal Years

MacIver News Service - The state's deficit according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) has decreased by $1.6 billion in the first three fiscal years of Gov. Scott Walker's first term. Read More »

Milwaukee Common Council Delays Vote on Downtown Streetcar

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By Nick Novak | Posted December 16, 2014 3:27 PM

MacIver News Service - The Milwaukee Common Council used a administrative procedure to delay the final vote on the downtown streetcar until the next meeting in January. Ald. Bob Donovan (8th District) hopes that he will have enough time to change the minds of a couple of his colleagues to stop the project. Read More »

Federal Special Interest Tax Breaks Cost Nearly $1 Trillion Every Year

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted December 12, 2014 4:00 AM
Federal Special Interest Tax Breaks Cost Nearly $1 Trillion Every Year

MacIver Institute - Retiring U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), author of the annual "Wastebook" publication, takes another foray into government waste and abuse in a new report entitled "Tax Decoder." The 312-page report highlights nearly a trillion dollars in questionable and crony-like federal tax breaks that are given out every year through our broken tax code. Read More »

UPDATE: Public Works Committee Votes Down Milwaukee Streetcar, Will Still go to Full Common Council

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted December 10, 2014 4:06 PM
UPDATE: Public Works Committee Votes Down Milwaukee Streetcar, Will Still go to Full Common Council

MacIver News Service - A committee of the Milwaukee Common Council voted on Tuesday to move forward with Mayor Tom Barrett's new plan to create two tax incremental financing districts (TIF) to pay for his proposed downtown streetcar. Read More »

Minimum Wage Protesters on the Naughty List after Disruption at Milwaukee Mall?

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By Nick Novak | Posted December 8, 2014 1:11 PM

MacIver News Service - Minimum wage protesters gathered together in both Madison and Milwaukee last Thursday to call for a $15 an hour minimum wage. However, new video shows that the protest in Milwaukee disrupted Santa and forced kids to wait longer to get their picture with him. Read More »

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