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Transportation Funding in the Hot Seat in Daylong Assembly Hearing

The contentious question of funding Wisconsin's transportation system took center stage in a lengthy hearing on Monday by the Assembly Committee on Transportation. The MacIver Institute followed the testimony, questions, and answers throughout the day. Read More »

**UPDATED** Senators: Gas Tax Would Nearly Double to 59 Cents Per Gallon if Transportation Projects All Move Forward

MacIver News Service - Wisconsin's gas tax would need to almost double to fully fund the state's backlog of transportation projects and eliminate borrowing to pay for the projects, according to a new memo highlighted by Senators Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) and Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville). Read More »

Wisconsin Begins Presidential Recount

MacIver News Service - The Wisconsin presidential recount began Thursday as county staff hunkered down and began the long process of sorting through millions of ballots. The recount was requested and paid for by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who got just one percent of the vote. Read More »

Grave Digging in Iceland, Tofu in Convenience Stores: Your Tax Dollars at Work

For the second year in a row, Oklahoma Senator James Lankford has released an extensive list of wasteful government spending amounting to $250 billion. Read More »

Greens Going for Recount Gold

Special Guest Perspective by James Wigderson - If Stein was really interested in election integrity, she would try to actually stop voter fraud before an election occurred by supporting voter ID or other election integrity measures. But Stein is likely no more interested in election integrity than the late Fidel Castro, for whom she announced her admiration on the occasion of his recent enrollment on the cemetery voter rolls in Chicago. Read More »


Transportation Funding in the Hot Seat in Daylong Assembly Hearing

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted December 7, 2016 11:00 AM
Transportation Funding in the Hot Seat in Daylong Assembly Hearing

The contentious question of funding Wisconsin's transportation system took center stage in a lengthy hearing on Monday by the Assembly Committee on Transportation. The MacIver Institute followed the testimony, questions, and answers throughout the day. Read More »

**UPDATED** Senators: Gas Tax Would Nearly Double to 59 Cents Per Gallon if Transportation Projects All Move Forward

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted December 5, 2016 12:16 PM
**UPDATED** Senators: Gas Tax Would Nearly Double to 59 Cents Per Gallon if Transportation Projects All Move Forward

MacIver News Service - Wisconsin's gas tax would need to almost double to fully fund the state's backlog of transportation projects and eliminate borrowing to pay for the projects, according to a new memo highlighted by Senators Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) and Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville). Read More »

Wisconsin Begins Presidential Recount

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted December 2, 2016 5:00 AM
Wisconsin Begins Presidential Recount

MacIver News Service - The Wisconsin presidential recount began Thursday as county staff hunkered down and began the long process of sorting through millions of ballots. The recount was requested and paid for by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who got just one percent of the vote. Read More »

Grave Digging in Iceland, Tofu in Convenience Stores: Your Tax Dollars at Work

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted December 2, 2016 4:59 AM
Grave Digging in Iceland, Tofu in Convenience Stores: Your Tax Dollars at Work

For the second year in a row, Oklahoma Senator James Lankford has released an extensive list of wasteful government spending amounting to $250 billion. Read More »

Greens Going for Recount Gold

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted November 29, 2016 5:01 AM
Greens Going for Recount Gold

Special Guest Perspective by James Wigderson - If Stein was really interested in election integrity, she would try to actually stop voter fraud before an election occurred by supporting voter ID or other election integrity measures. But Stein is likely no more interested in election integrity than the late Fidel Castro, for whom she announced her admiration on the occasion of his recent enrollment on the cemetery voter rolls in Chicago. Read More »

Hallelujah - MPS Is Successful Despite the Data and All The Failing Schools?

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted November 29, 2016 5:00 AM
Hallelujah - MPS Is Successful Despite the Data and All The Failing Schools?

By Ola Lisowski - I once heard someone say that the plural of anecdotes is not data. Wisconsinites would be wise to heed that advice. Excel spreadsheets are less interesting than compelling quotes from public officials, but when everyone's saying different things, the only thing you can really trust is the data itself. Read More »

Green Party Candidate Jill Stein to Sue Wisconsin for Time-Consuming Manual Recount

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted November 28, 2016 7:11 PM
Green Party Candidate Jill Stein to Sue Wisconsin for Time-Consuming Manual Recount

MacIver News Service - Third-party candidate for president Jill Stein of the Green Party - who garnered just 31,000 votes - is demanding Wisconsin hand-count a re-do of its election results at a cost of $3.5 million. Read More »

Reports of a Budget "Shortfall" Are Greatly Exaggerated

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted November 28, 2016 5:01 AM
Reports of a Budget

By Chris Rochester - Media outlets across the state are reporting that the state faces a $693 million shortfall over the next biennial budget. This "shortfall" is the difference between what state agencies have requested - their wish lists - and projected revenues over the 2017-2019 biennial budget, which are projected to steadily rise. Read More »

Steineke: Agency Wish Lists and Our Biennial Tradition

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted November 28, 2016 5:00 AM
Steineke: Agency Wish Lists and Our Biennial Tradition

By Rep. Jim Steineke - Some holiday traditions, like being the one stuck with the dishes, are not as enjoyable as others. Unfortunately we also have to humor another tiresome tradition around this time every two years: the unfounded worry that Wisconsin is running out of money. Read More »

Inside the Black Friday Crime Wave: Wisconsin Shoppers Tell All

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted November 25, 2016 5:00 AM
Inside the Black Friday Crime Wave: Wisconsin Shoppers Tell All

Wisconsin shoppers were horrified to find out that they were accessories to the widespread crime spree on Black Friday thanks to the state's Great Depression-era Unfair Sales Act. We interviewed three shoppers, who each told us the story of their foray into crime. Read More »

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