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Wisconsin's Largest Agencies Ask For Millions More in Taxpayer Dollars for the 2015-17 Budget

MacIver News Service - Wisconsin's biggest state agencies have asked for budget increases well into the millions of dollars as all formal budget requests from state departments were submitted early this week. Gov. Scott Walker and the Department of Administration had instructed state agencies to "assume there will be zero growth in overall General Purpose Revenue appropriations in each fiscal year during the 2015-17 biennium." Read More »

Wisconsin's Public Schools Earn a C+ On Latest School Report Cards

The Department of Public Instruction released the latest School Report Cards on Tuesday, allowing Wisconsinites to get a better look at the performance of their local public schools. The average report card score rose by half a point in 2013-14 thanks in part to fewer deductions in Wisconsin's classrooms for problems like high school dropouts and high absentee rates. Read More »

Federal Rule Change Threatens Work Program for Those with Disabilities

If the federal government gets its way, working folks with physical and developmental disabilities could lose gainful employment and be forced into nursing homes or stuck in their own homes with little more to do that watch TV. The MacIver Institute recently sat down will some individuals and their families who work at Opportunities, Inc. - an organization that could lose its funding for employing disabled workers - to see how they would be affected. Read More »

Misguided Act 10? Journal Sentinel Should Just "Own It"

MacIver Perspectives by James Wigderson - Reading the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial on the state budget, "If there's a budget mess this time, it belongs to Gov. Scott Walker," one would get the impression the entire state is on the verge of joining Detroit as a fiscal policy disaster area. However, that is far from the truth. Read More »

Governor Walker Wants More Tax Cuts and Education Reform in Second Term

MacIver News Service - Governor Scott Walker's re-election campaign released its Continuing Wisconsin's Comeback plan today, laying out policy priorities that Walker aims to pursue if he wins another term in November. At the top of the list are initiatives to cut taxes, continue educational reforms, and implement more changes to welfare. Read More »


Wisconsin's Largest Agencies Ask For Millions More in Taxpayer Dollars for the 2015-17 Budget

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted September 17, 2014 12:15 PM
Wisconsin's Largest Agencies Ask For Millions More in Taxpayer Dollars for the 2015-17 Budget

MacIver News Service - Wisconsin's biggest state agencies have asked for budget increases well into the millions of dollars as all formal budget requests from state departments were submitted early this week. Gov. Scott Walker and the Department of Administration had instructed state agencies to "assume there will be zero growth in overall General Purpose Revenue appropriations in each fiscal year during the 2015-17 biennium." Read More »

Wisconsin's Public Schools Earn a C+ On Latest School Report Cards

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted September 16, 2014 10:36 AM
Wisconsin's Public Schools Earn a C+ On Latest School Report Cards

The Department of Public Instruction released the latest School Report Cards on Tuesday, allowing Wisconsinites to get a better look at the performance of their local public schools. The average report card score rose by half a point in 2013-14 thanks in part to fewer deductions in Wisconsin's classrooms for problems like high school dropouts and high absentee rates. Read More »

Federal Rule Change Threatens Work Program for Those with Disabilities

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By Nick Novak | Posted September 16, 2014 3:00 AM

If the federal government gets its way, working folks with physical and developmental disabilities could lose gainful employment and be forced into nursing homes or stuck in their own homes with little more to do that watch TV. The MacIver Institute recently sat down will some individuals and their families who work at Opportunities, Inc. - an organization that could lose its funding for employing disabled workers - to see how they would be affected. Read More »

Misguided Act 10? Journal Sentinel Should Just "Own It"

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted September 16, 2014 2:00 AM
Misguided Act 10? Journal Sentinel Should Just

MacIver Perspectives by James Wigderson - Reading the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial on the state budget, "If there's a budget mess this time, it belongs to Gov. Scott Walker," one would get the impression the entire state is on the verge of joining Detroit as a fiscal policy disaster area. However, that is far from the truth. Read More »

Governor Walker Wants More Tax Cuts and Education Reform in Second Term

Comments | By Matt Crumb | Posted September 15, 2014 11:17 AM
Governor Walker Wants More Tax Cuts and Education Reform in Second Term

MacIver News Service - Governor Scott Walker's re-election campaign released its Continuing Wisconsin's Comeback plan today, laying out policy priorities that Walker aims to pursue if he wins another term in November. At the top of the list are initiatives to cut taxes, continue educational reforms, and implement more changes to welfare. Read More »

Mary Burke Still Refuses to Give an Answer on Act 10

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted September 15, 2014 3:30 AM
Mary Burke Still Refuses to Give an Answer on Act 10

MacIver News Service - Mary Burke once again ignored questions about her position on Act 10 and whether she would repeal the law on Saturday. After a speech, the MacIver Institute tried to ask Burke about her position on Act 10. When asked if she would repeal the collective bargaining law, a campaign staffer promptly got in the way and Burke quickly walked in the other direction. Read More »

17 Wisconsin High Schools Make Newsweek's List of Top 500 High Schools in America

Comments | Posted in News | By Policy Staff | Posted September 15, 2014 3:12 AM
17 Wisconsin High Schools Make Newsweek's List of Top 500 High Schools in America

Newsweek recently released their annual list of the top 500 public high schools in America. Wisconsin was well represented in that index, claiming 17 of the best institutions in the country. Two charter schools led the way. Read More »

Wisconsin can Enforce Voter ID Law in November Election "If It Wishes"

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted September 12, 2014 4:35 PM
Wisconsin can Enforce Voter ID Law in November Election

MacIver News Service - The Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals stayed an injunction against Wisconsin's voter identification law on Friday afternoon, opening the door for the law to be enforced in November's election. Read More »

Union Bosses to Launch Attacks in Wisconsin Over Act 10...Again?

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted September 12, 2014 10:00 AM
Union Bosses to Launch Attacks in Wisconsin Over Act 10...Again?

The national head of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) made a bold statement earlier this week when he announced the union would target Wisconsin in the upcoming election because of the collective bargaining reforms known as Act 10. Read More »

80 Percent of Milwaukee School Children Exercise Educational Choice

Comments | Posted in mi reports | By Nick Novak | Posted September 11, 2014 3:00 AM
80 Percent of Milwaukee School Children Exercise Educational Choice

The MacIver Institute's annual Student Census is out. How many of Wisconsin's school children have a voice in choosing the school they want to attend? The numbers will surprise you - click here to see the latest data. Read More »

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