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2016 Senate Race a Reminder of Threats to the First Amendment

MacIver Perspective by James Wigderson - The entry of former Senator Russ Feingold into the 2016 race against incumbent Senator Ron Johnson is more than just a rematch of the 2010 Senate race. It's another reminder the First Amendment to the Constitution is being threatened by liberals. Read More »

Joint Finance Approves Changes to WEDC, DHS Budgets

MacIver Institute Budget Blog - The Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) met for the second time this week to vote on items addressing the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), department-wide items at the Department of Health Services (DHS) and a few smaller state agencies. Read More »

Wisconsin Senator Says Republicans "Have Been Raping the Children of MPS"

MacIver News Service - Emotionally and racially charged accusations highlighted the legislature's Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) executive session on Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning. Read More »

Budget Blog - School Choice Expanded Again, Education Funding Increased and Drug Testing For Government Assistance

MacIver Institute Budget Blog - On Tuesday, the legislature's Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) made several important education decisions in a 29-page omnibus package. After a full 11-hour day, the package was passed along party lines on a 12-4 vote at 1:27 a.m. and was chock full of both fiscal items and policy changes to the state's K-12 system. Read More »

Joint Finance Passes Omnibus Education Package That Increases K-12 Funding

MacIver News Service - The legislature's Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) debated portions of the state budget well into Wednesday morning, and its main focus was on a 29-page omnibus education package that passed on a 12-4 vote along party lines. Read More »


2016 Senate Race a Reminder of Threats to the First Amendment

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted May 22, 2015 3:00 AM
2016 Senate Race a Reminder of Threats to the First Amendment

MacIver Perspective by James Wigderson - The entry of former Senator Russ Feingold into the 2016 race against incumbent Senator Ron Johnson is more than just a rematch of the 2010 Senate race. It's another reminder the First Amendment to the Constitution is being threatened by liberals. Read More »

Joint Finance Approves Changes to WEDC, DHS Budgets

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted May 21, 2015 7:49 PM
Joint Finance Approves Changes to WEDC, DHS Budgets

MacIver Institute Budget Blog - The Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) met for the second time this week to vote on items addressing the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), department-wide items at the Department of Health Services (DHS) and a few smaller state agencies. Read More »

Joint Finance Offers Two Omnibus Motions for DHS, WEDC, Other Agencies

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted May 21, 2015 2:38 PM
Joint Finance Offers Two Omnibus Motions for DHS, WEDC, Other Agencies

MacIver News Service - The legislature's Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) was schedule to meet at 10 a.m. on Thursday to discuss budget items surrounding the Department of Health Services (DHS), Medical Assistance (MA), Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), and others. However, the start time of the executive session was delayed until 4 p.m. Read More »

Wisconsin Senator Says Republicans "Have Been Raping the Children of MPS"

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By Nick Novak | Posted May 20, 2015 5:18 PM

MacIver News Service - Emotionally and racially charged accusations highlighted the legislature's Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) executive session on Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning. Read More »

Budget Blog - School Choice Expanded Again, Education Funding Increased and Drug Testing For Government Assistance

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted May 20, 2015 4:39 PM
Budget Blog - School Choice Expanded Again, Education Funding Increased and Drug Testing For Government Assistance

MacIver Institute Budget Blog - On Tuesday, the legislature's Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) made several important education decisions in a 29-page omnibus package. After a full 11-hour day, the package was passed along party lines on a 12-4 vote at 1:27 a.m. and was chock full of both fiscal items and policy changes to the state's K-12 system. Read More »

Legislators React to Major Education Policy Changes in Budget

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted May 20, 2015 12:51 PM
Legislators React to Major Education Policy Changes in Budget

MacIver News Service - The legislature's Joint Committee on Finance approved a 29-page omnibus education package shortly before 2 a.m. on Wednesday that would increase funding for K-12 schools, expand the statewide school choice program and create a special needs scholarship for students with disabilities to attend the school or their choice. Read More »

Joint Finance Passes Omnibus Education Package That Increases K-12 Funding

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted May 20, 2015 1:27 AM
Joint Finance Passes Omnibus Education Package That Increases K-12 Funding

MacIver News Service - The legislature's Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) debated portions of the state budget well into Wednesday morning, and its main focus was on a 29-page omnibus education package that passed on a 12-4 vote along party lines. Read More »

Joint Finance Tackles Entire K-12 Agenda in Single Omnibus

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted May 19, 2015 9:33 PM
Joint Finance Tackles Entire K-12 Agenda in Single Omnibus

MacIver News Service - The Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) decided Tuesday evening to address all K-12 education issues in one 29-page omnibus motion. Items addressed in the motion include general school aid, special education aid, and school choice funding and expansion, among others. See the motion here. Read More »

Kooyenga, Darling Seek Major Improvements at Milwaukee Public Schools

Comments | Posted in MacIver News Service | By Nick Novak | Posted May 19, 2015 9:39 AM

MacIver News Service - A new plan would have the Milwaukee County Executive appoint a commissioner to oversee a takeover of up to five of Milwaukee's worst schools per year. Each school would be removed from MPS, turned into a private school or independent public charter and all faculty and staff would have to reapply for their positions. If rehired, no staff could be a member of a union. Read More »

Support our Schools: Conveniently Nonpartisan and a Little to the Left

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted May 19, 2015 3:00 AM
Support our Schools: Conveniently Nonpartisan and a Little to the Left

Guest Perspective by Paris Procopis - The heavens will suddenly come crashing down upon us, at least according to a group in Wauwatosa called Support Our Schools (SOS). They apparently have the self-appointed mission to 'protect' us from Governor Walker's proposed cuts. Notice I used the word 'proposed'. Read More »

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