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Open Government Must Embrace Digital Age

Guest Perspective by Ernst-Ulrich Franzen - In a recent column, state Attorney General Brad Schimel called for updating the state's open government laws to meet the challenges of the digital age. He's exactly right. The laws were enacted long before the Internet -- let alone Facebook and Twitter -- came into being. Read More »

Will Lawmakers Agree to be Drug Tested? Decision next week.

MacIver News Service - Rep. Mike Rohrkaste (R-Neenah) discussed two bills at a public hearing of the Assembly Committee on Public Benefit Reform that would implement drug testing for individuals receiving certain public benefits like food stamps and unemployment insurance. During the hearing, Rep. Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee) said he would be introducing an amendment that would require legislators to go through the same drug testing. Read More »

Tech Colleges and the UW Colleges: Do We Need Both?

The casual observer might question why these smaller communities need two two-year institutions. Supporters of the two systems say they serve very different needs and populations. Read More »

From The Washington Times: After Right-to-Work, Is Repealing Prevailing Wage Next?

From The Washington Times - Wisconsin has passed bold reforms that will have a great impact on the state's economy. However, lawmakers have signaled that they are not done just yet. In fact, Wisconsin may be on the precipice of saving taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Read More »

Why the Prevailing Wage Law Proves Problematic

MacIver News Service - "Unique Averages," "Methodological Flaw," and "Calculation Bias" are just some of the terms used in a recent study on how Wisconsin's Department of Workforce Development determines prevailing wages across the state. Because of that, the MacIver Institute decided to look into the many problems associated with the prevailing wage law. Read More »


Open Government Must Embrace Digital Age

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted May 1, 2015 3:00 AM
Open Government Must Embrace Digital Age

Guest Perspective by Ernst-Ulrich Franzen - In a recent column, state Attorney General Brad Schimel called for updating the state's open government laws to meet the challenges of the digital age. He's exactly right. The laws were enacted long before the Internet -- let alone Facebook and Twitter -- came into being. Read More »

Will Lawmakers Agree to be Drug Tested? Decision next week.

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By Nick Novak | Posted May 1, 2015 2:00 AM

MacIver News Service - Rep. Mike Rohrkaste (R-Neenah) discussed two bills at a public hearing of the Assembly Committee on Public Benefit Reform that would implement drug testing for individuals receiving certain public benefits like food stamps and unemployment insurance. During the hearing, Rep. Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee) said he would be introducing an amendment that would require legislators to go through the same drug testing. Read More »

Tech Colleges and the UW Colleges: Do We Need Both?

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted April 30, 2015 3:00 AM

The casual observer might question why these smaller communities need two two-year institutions. Supporters of the two systems say they serve very different needs and populations. Read More »

From The Washington Times: After Right-to-Work, Is Repealing Prevailing Wage Next?

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted April 29, 2015 1:00 AM
From The Washington Times: After Right-to-Work, Is Repealing Prevailing Wage Next?

From The Washington Times - Wisconsin has passed bold reforms that will have a great impact on the state's economy. However, lawmakers have signaled that they are not done just yet. In fact, Wisconsin may be on the precipice of saving taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Read More »

Why the Prevailing Wage Law Proves Problematic

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By Nick Novak | Posted April 27, 2015 3:01 AM

MacIver News Service - "Unique Averages," "Methodological Flaw," and "Calculation Bias" are just some of the terms used in a recent study on how Wisconsin's Department of Workforce Development determines prevailing wages across the state. Because of that, the MacIver Institute decided to look into the many problems associated with the prevailing wage law. Read More »

UW-Madison Admin Says Minimum Wage Hike Could Lead to Higher Costs, Fewer Jobs

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted April 27, 2015 3:00 AM
UW-Madison Admin Says Minimum Wage Hike Could Lead to Higher Costs, Fewer Jobs

MacIver Perspective by Nick Novak - In the middle of legislative debate on the Wisconsin state budget, a vote taken by a different elected body less than a mile away could have a detrimental impact on college students. Read More »

Wisconsin Tax Freedom Day Falls on April 25th

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted April 24, 2015 8:07 AM
Wisconsin Tax Freedom Day Falls on April 25th

MacIver News Service - On April 25th, Wisconsinites will have worked enough days to pay off the taxman. That's according to the Tax Foundation's Tax Freedom Day initiative, which finds out how long the average citizen in each state must work to pay off all local, state and federal tax liability. Read More »

School Choice About More Options, Not Separate School System

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted April 24, 2015 5:00 AM
School Choice About More Options, Not Separate School System

MacIver Perspective by James Wigderson - What school choice supporters need to do is talk less about private and public schools as competitors and more about finding the right match for the right student. The message of finding the right educational setting for every student by giving parents choices is not only a winning message, but it focuses our attention on funding the education of children instead of so-called competing "systems." Read More »

Mayor Tom Barrett Needs to End His Trolley Folly Lawsuit

Comments | Posted in Featured | By Nick Novak | Posted April 23, 2015 9:45 AM
Mayor Tom Barrett Needs to End His Trolley Folly Lawsuit

PRESS RELEASE - As construction on the Milwaukee streetcar is set to start soon, Brett Healy released the following statement calling on Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to drop his lawsuit against the PSC. Read More »

UW Colleges Could Merge Campus Administrations, Save Millions

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By MacIverNews | Posted April 23, 2015 3:00 AM

MacIver News Service - Carmen Wilson, UW Rock County Dean, says the plan under consideration would involve campuses forming regional organizations that share deans and other administrative personnel. Other positions would become centralized and serve the entire state. Read More »

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