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Dane County Spends $50,000 To Send Courthouse Staff To "Implicit Bias" Training

A MacIver Investigation - Dane County spent an estimated $50,000 in April to send 200 employees of its judiciary and law enforcement communities to a day-long "implicit bias" conference intended to address racial bias in the criminal justice system. Read More »

A Deeper Look into Wisconsin's ACT Scores

MacIver News Service - Wisconsin's graduating class of 2016 scored an average of 20.5 out of 36 on the ACT exam - a 1.7 point drop from the class of 2015 and slightly below the national average score of 20.8. Of the 18 states that test all public school graduates, Wisconsin's students ranked fourth, and third best in the midwest. Read More »

UPDATED: 2016 Wisconsin ACT Scores Drop Dramatically

MacIver News Service - Wisconsin's class of 2016 achieved an average score of 20.5 on the ACT exam, dropping from 2015's average of 22.2, according to results released early Wednesday. Read More »

WILL Files Lawsuit Over State's Minimum Markup Law

MacIver News Service - The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty is challenging the constitutionality of the state's Great Depression-era Unfair Sales Act - also known as the minimum markup law - on behalf of two plaintiffs. WILL filed the lawsuit Monday in Vilas County. Read More »

No Surprise: Higher Back-To-School Prices Thanks To Wisconsin's Minimum Markup Law

Back-to-school shopping in Wisconsin is once again more expensive than in neighboring states thanks to the state's minimum markup law that outlaws sale prices that are too low. Read More »


Dane County Spends $50,000 To Send Courthouse Staff To "Implicit Bias" Training

Comments | Posted in mi investigations | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted August 25, 2016 5:01 AM
Dane County Spends $50,000 To Send Courthouse Staff To

A MacIver Investigation - Dane County spent an estimated $50,000 in April to send 200 employees of its judiciary and law enforcement communities to a day-long "implicit bias" conference intended to address racial bias in the criminal justice system. Read More »

A Deeper Look into Wisconsin's ACT Scores

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted August 25, 2016 5:00 AM
A Deeper Look into Wisconsin's ACT Scores

MacIver News Service - Wisconsin's graduating class of 2016 scored an average of 20.5 out of 36 on the ACT exam - a 1.7 point drop from the class of 2015 and slightly below the national average score of 20.8. Of the 18 states that test all public school graduates, Wisconsin's students ranked fourth, and third best in the midwest. Read More »

UPDATED: 2016 Wisconsin ACT Scores Drop Dramatically

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted August 24, 2016 9:00 AM
UPDATED: 2016 Wisconsin ACT Scores Drop Dramatically

MacIver News Service - Wisconsin's class of 2016 achieved an average score of 20.5 on the ACT exam, dropping from 2015's average of 22.2, according to results released early Wednesday. Read More »

WILL Files Lawsuit Over State's Minimum Markup Law

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted August 24, 2016 5:00 AM
WILL Files Lawsuit Over State's Minimum Markup Law

MacIver News Service - The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty is challenging the constitutionality of the state's Great Depression-era Unfair Sales Act - also known as the minimum markup law - on behalf of two plaintiffs. WILL filed the lawsuit Monday in Vilas County. Read More »

No Surprise: Higher Back-To-School Prices Thanks To Wisconsin's Minimum Markup Law

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted August 22, 2016 5:00 AM
No Surprise: Higher Back-To-School Prices Thanks To Wisconsin's Minimum Markup Law

Back-to-school shopping in Wisconsin is once again more expensive than in neighboring states thanks to the state's minimum markup law that outlaws sale prices that are too low. Read More »

UW Board of Regents Approves Budget Proposal, Asks For $42.5 Million in New Funding

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted August 18, 2016 2:11 PM
UW Board of Regents Approves Budget Proposal, Asks For $42.5 Million in New Funding

MacIver News Service - The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents approved System President Ray Cross' biennial budget funding request today, sending the request to Gov. Scott Walker and the Department of Administration. Read More »

How a Gas Tax Increase Would Hurt Wisconsin Tourism

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted August 15, 2016 1:25 PM

MacIver News Service - A gas tax increase could have serious implications for Wisconsin's $19.3 billion tourism industry, according to a group of small business owners whose livelihoods depend on a tourists visiting Wisconsin. Read More »

Are Wisconsin's Schools Now Being Graded on a Curve?

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted August 6, 2016 5:00 AM
Are Wisconsin's Schools Now Being Graded on a Curve?

By James Wigderson - Starting this fall the state's report cards for schools will not only show how many students reach the designated reading and math levels, but also the progress students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds make in reaching those goals. Read More »

Higher Medicaid Expansion Costs Reveal Another Obamacare Design Flaw

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted August 5, 2016 9:27 AM
Higher Medicaid Expansion Costs Reveal Another Obamacare Design Flaw

By Veronique de Rugy, Ph.D. - Remember when the Obama administration promised that the Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid would be awesome? As it turns out, it's been a parade of bad decisions, flawed calculations, and taxpayer waste. Read More »

Gov. Walker: Tuition Freeze is Key to College Affordability

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted August 4, 2016 2:42 PM
Gov. Walker: Tuition Freeze is Key to College Affordability

Special Guest Perspective by Gov. Scott Walker - One of our top goals is to make college more affordable for students and working families in Wisconsin. I am proud that, for the first time ever, we froze tuition at all University of Wisconsin (UW) campuses for four years in a row. Read More »

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