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Obama Offers Clear Vision to Take America Backward

From the Washington Times - Let's be honest, no one was surprised by what President Obama said in his latest State of the Union address. He had been trying to sell his ill-conceived ideas for weeks leading up to Tuesday night's speech. What would be surprising is if any of his announcements ended up affecting public policy in our country. Read More »

Chart of the Day: Most Wisconsin Employees Work for Pass-Through Businesses

Think the personal income tax only matters for individuals? Think again. As the Tax Foundation lays out, most of Wisconsin's workforce is employed by "pass-through" entities who pay the individual income tax. In these types of businesses, profits are "passed through" to the owners or shareholders and taxed by the federal and state income tax code. Read More »

Gov. Walker Previews Entitlement Drug Testing, Tech College Funding Plans

MacIver News Service - Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) laid out some of his workforce development proposals on Thursday that will be a part of his upcoming budget, including a requirement that people receiving benefits from government programs pass drug tests and a plan to make 100 percent of state aid for the Wisconsin's technical colleges based on performance. Read More »

Right-to-Work About Freedom, Choice for All Workers

MacIver Perspective by James Wigderson - Right-to-work legislation would even the score a bit between public sector employees and private sector employees. In the public sector, employees no longer face the automatic deductions from their paychecks to support a union, whether or not they wanted to join. Private sector employees currently do not have that option if it is a union worksite. Read More »

EdWeek Ranks Wisconsin 11th for Education, Gives State C+

Wisconsin isn't elite, but the state is still one of America's top performers when it comes to K-12 education. Education Week's Quality Counts ranked every state in America and placed the Badger State 11th - one slot behind Minnesota but in front of every other state in the Midwest. Read More »


New Fiscal Bureau Memo Predicts Revenue Growth in Next Budget

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted January 23, 2015 4:57 PM
New Fiscal Bureau Memo Predicts Revenue Growth in Next Budget

MacIver News Service - New state revenue estimates from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) were released Friday predicting Wisconsin's general fund tax collections will increase 4.7 percent in 2016 and 3.8 percent in 2017 as the national economy picks up steam. Read More »

Boston Fed CEO Stresses Any Upcoming Interest Rate Changes Won't Impact Economy

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted January 23, 2015 3:15 AM
Boston Fed CEO Stresses Any Upcoming Interest Rate Changes Won't Impact Economy

MacIver News Service - Any changes to the Federal Reserve's interest rate would not have major impact on the economy, according to Eric Rosengren, who outlined his approach and predictions on monetary policy normalization at a recent Wisconsin Banker's Association luncheon. Read More »

Obama Offers Clear Vision to Take America Backward

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted January 23, 2015 3:00 AM
Obama Offers Clear Vision to Take America Backward

From the Washington Times - Let's be honest, no one was surprised by what President Obama said in his latest State of the Union address. He had been trying to sell his ill-conceived ideas for weeks leading up to Tuesday night's speech. What would be surprising is if any of his announcements ended up affecting public policy in our country. Read More »

Chart of the Day: Most Wisconsin Employees Work for Pass-Through Businesses

Comments | Posted in Charts | By Matt Crumb | Posted January 23, 2015 1:00 AM
Chart of the Day: Most Wisconsin Employees Work for Pass-Through Businesses

Think the personal income tax only matters for individuals? Think again. As the Tax Foundation lays out, most of Wisconsin's workforce is employed by "pass-through" entities who pay the individual income tax. In these types of businesses, profits are "passed through" to the owners or shareholders and taxed by the federal and state income tax code. Read More »

Committee Approves Bill Giving Audit Bureau Access to Confidential GAB Records

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted January 22, 2015 12:25 PM
Committee Approves Bill Giving Audit Bureau Access to Confidential GAB Records

MacIver News Service - The Joint Legislative Audit Committee approved a pair of bills on Thursday aimed at providing the Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) access to confidential information during audits. The bills specifically grant access to previously unavailable records from the Government Accountability Board (GAB). Read More »

Gov. Walker Previews Entitlement Drug Testing, Tech College Funding Plans

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted January 22, 2015 11:48 AM
Gov. Walker Previews Entitlement Drug Testing, Tech College Funding Plans

MacIver News Service - Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) laid out some of his workforce development proposals on Thursday that will be a part of his upcoming budget, including a requirement that people receiving benefits from government programs pass drug tests and a plan to make 100 percent of state aid for the Wisconsin's technical colleges based on performance. Read More »

Right-to-Work About Freedom, Choice for All Workers

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted January 22, 2015 3:00 AM
Right-to-Work About Freedom, Choice for All Workers

MacIver Perspective by James Wigderson - Right-to-work legislation would even the score a bit between public sector employees and private sector employees. In the public sector, employees no longer face the automatic deductions from their paychecks to support a union, whether or not they wanted to join. Private sector employees currently do not have that option if it is a union worksite. Read More »

MacIver's Healy to President Obama: Our Children Deserve Better

Comments | Posted in Featured | By Nick Novak | Posted January 21, 2015 10:48 AM
MacIver's Healy to President Obama: Our Children Deserve Better

PRESS RELEASE - Brett Healy, President of the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy, released this statement following President Obama's State of the Union address last night. Read More »

EdWeek Ranks Wisconsin 11th for Education, Gives State C+

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted January 21, 2015 3:00 AM
EdWeek Ranks Wisconsin 11th for Education, Gives State C+

Wisconsin isn't elite, but the state is still one of America's top performers when it comes to K-12 education. Education Week's Quality Counts ranked every state in America and placed the Badger State 11th - one slot behind Minnesota but in front of every other state in the Midwest. Read More »

Withholding Changes Lead to Decreased Income Tax Revenue

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted January 21, 2015 12:00 AM
Withholding Changes Lead to Decreased Income Tax Revenue

MacIver News Service - State income tax revenue decreased by 3.2 percent in December of fiscal year 2015 (FY15), compared to December of FY14, mostly thanks to changes in Wisconsin's income tax withholding rates that took effect in April of last year. Read More »

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