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Public Service Commission Sides with Healy, WILL in Final Milwaukee Streetcar Decision

MacIver News Service - The Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) issued its final decision late last week in a case surrounding the Milwaukee Street Car. PSC agreed that the City of Milwaukee couldn't force ratepayers outside the city to pay for the relocation of utilities. Read More »

Racine County Insurance Swap Saves Money for Taxpayers and Retired County Workers

The Racine County Board recently approved an insurance change for some of it's retirees that is estimated to save around $840,000.
 County retirees who are eligible for Medicare will be transitioned to private insurer Humana while retaining all of their former coverage. Savings will come as the county is no longer on the hook for paying claims filed by retirees. Read More »

Non-Teaching Staff Soars in U.S. Schools, Second Largest Amongst Developed Countries

In 2010, teachers made up just 50 percent of America's public school employees, leaving districts with just as many employees outside of the classroom as inside it. That figure continued a trend that has seen the country's classroom shift towards non-teaching positions over the past 60 years. Read More »

WI ACT Scores, Participation Rates Increase but Achievement Gap Persists

Wisconsin's high school students had the second-highest ACT average in the nation this past school year, according to Department of Public Instruction data. Increases in both overall scores and participation rates kept the Badger State amongst the elite when it comes to the national college readiness exam. Read More »

UPDATED: 1 in 5 Manufacturers Employing Fewer People Because of Obamacare

MacIver News Service - A new survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia shows nearly one in five manufacturers are employing fewer people because of Obamacare. August's survey featured questions about how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has changed business practices for the participating manufacturing firms. The results are troubling. Read More »


Public Service Commission Sides with Healy, WILL in Final Milwaukee Streetcar Decision

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted September 2, 2014 10:16 AM
Public Service Commission Sides with Healy, WILL in Final Milwaukee Streetcar Decision

MacIver News Service - The Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) issued its final decision late last week in a case surrounding the Milwaukee Street Car. PSC agreed that the City of Milwaukee couldn't force ratepayers outside the city to pay for the relocation of utilities. Read More »

Non-Teaching Staff Soars in U.S. Schools, Second Largest Amongst Developed Countries

Comments | Posted in mi reports | By Nick Novak | Posted August 29, 2014 3:00 AM
Non-Teaching Staff Soars in U.S. Schools, Second Largest Amongst Developed Countries

In 2010, teachers made up just 50 percent of America's public school employees, leaving districts with just as many employees outside of the classroom as inside it. That figure continued a trend that has seen the country's classroom shift towards non-teaching positions over the past 60 years. Read More »

State Tax Collections Down $281 Million from Estimates for Fiscal Year 2014

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted August 28, 2014 3:34 PM
State Tax Collections Down $281 Million from Estimates for Fiscal Year 2014

MacIver News Service - State tax collections are down $281 million from initial Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) projections for fiscal year 2014 (FY14), according to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. Read More »

WI ACT Scores, Participation Rates Increase but Achievement Gap Persists

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted August 28, 2014 1:57 PM
WI ACT Scores, Participation Rates Increase but Achievement Gap Persists

Wisconsin's high school students had the second-highest ACT average in the nation this past school year, according to Department of Public Instruction data. Increases in both overall scores and participation rates kept the Badger State amongst the elite when it comes to the national college readiness exam. Read More »

UPDATED: 1 in 5 Manufacturers Employing Fewer People Because of Obamacare

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted August 28, 2014 3:00 AM
UPDATED: 1 in 5 Manufacturers Employing Fewer People Because of Obamacare

MacIver News Service - A new survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia shows nearly one in five manufacturers are employing fewer people because of Obamacare. August's survey featured questions about how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has changed business practices for the participating manufacturing firms. The results are troubling. Read More »

Americans for Prosperity Report: Wisconsin Headed in the Right Direction

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted August 28, 2014 1:00 AM
Americans for Prosperity Report: Wisconsin Headed in the Right Direction

MacIver News Service - Wisconsin's economy is improving and has outperformed its neighbors according to a new report from Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin (AFP-WI). The report points to pro-growth policies as the reason for the state's success. Read More »

REPORT: Right to Work, Low Tax States Have Better Employment Growth

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted August 27, 2014 8:33 AM
REPORT: Right to Work, Low Tax States Have Better Employment Growth

MacIver News Service - Employment growth since 1990 has been dominated by states that are right-to-work and have low income taxes according to a new report from non-partisan Opportunity Ohio. Read More »

Longtime Protester Miles Kristan Arrested After Asking Peter Barca a Question

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By Nick Novak | Posted August 27, 2014 3:00 AM

MacIver News Service - Protester Miles Kristan was arrested on July 31st after trying to ask Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca a question. Barca refused to answer and shortly after Kristan was arrested by what he says was seven Capitol Police officers. The MacIver Institute recently spoke with Kristan and he told his side of the story. Read More »

Taxpayer Resources Appear to Have Been Widely Used to Lobby Erpenbach on Act 10

Comments | Posted in mi investigations | By Nick Novak | Posted August 26, 2014 3:00 AM
Taxpayer Resources Appear to Have Been Widely Used to Lobby Erpenbach on Act 10

MacIver Investigations - After a failed legal battle with the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy, Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) turned over 1,571 separate emails containing over 2,100 total pages from public employees across the state and country who contacted him about Act 10. Read More »

Boycott of Local Business by Union Member Backfires

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted August 26, 2014 2:00 AM
Boycott of Local Business by Union Member Backfires

MacIver Perspective by James Wigderson - I'll grant that the pizza at Maria's Pizzaria is good and relatively inexpensive. But it was not the large rectangular pizzas with the thin crust and lots of toppings that was attracting new business. Although you could not tell it Tuesday night, Maria's Pizzaria is the target of a boycott. Read More »

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