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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 »

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 »

Statewide School Choice Expansion on the Ropes?

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted May 11, 2015 2:00 AM
Statewide School Choice Expansion on the Ropes?

MacIver Perspective by James Wigderson - It was disappointing to learn state Sen. Paul Farrow does not believe that Wisconsin will see the full expansion of school choice this year. At a school choice roundtable Farrow was quoted in the Waukesha Freeman, "I understand the governor has full removal of the cap with the current formula. I don't know if that's going to be achievable." Read More »

Without an Adjustment to Revenue Projections, What's Next for the State Budget?

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted May 6, 2015 12:44 PM
Without an Adjustment to Revenue Projections, What's Next for the State Budget?

MacIver Perspective by Matt Crumb and Nick Novak - The non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau released a memo on Wednesday that said it would not be adjusting revenue estimates from January, meaning there will be no additional funds available for legislators to spend. After the memo was released, the MacIver Institute provide this analysis of the revenue estimates for the budget. Read More »

Rep. Ed Brooks: Wages Should be Determined by the Market, Not Government

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted May 5, 2015 3:00 AM
Rep. Ed Brooks: Wages Should be Determined by the Market, Not Government

Guest Perspective by Rep. Ed Brooks - I believe that wages dictated by the market should remain fair for those who work in the trades, but it's not right to ask for more taxpayer money so the government can pay unnecessarily high-priced contracts because of an obsolete 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Criminal Justice Reform is a Conservative Issue

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted April 21, 2015 3:00 AM
Criminal Justice Reform is a Conservative Issue

MacIver Perspective by Grover Norquist - Draconian punishments for minor infractions, an ever-expanding prisoner population and a legal regime that allows authorities to seize property without a warrant are all slowly eroding the freedoms that the nation has come to expect. For years, lawmakers have focused almost exclusively on being "tough on crime," all the while forgetting to get "smart on crime." Read More »

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