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NFL Players Association Offers Weak Argument Against Right-to-Work

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted March 5, 2015 2:00 AM
NFL Players Association Offers Weak Argument Against Right-to-Work

MacIver Perspective by James Wigderson - It's almost touching to see professional athletes, or at least their unions, attempt to feel for the common man that spends entire paychecks to take their families to a ballgame to watch the athletes play. Read More »

Do Taxpayers Benefit from Government Investing in Sports Arenas?

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted March 4, 2015 4:00 AM
Do Taxpayers Benefit from Government Investing in Sports Arenas?

MacIver Perspective by James Wigderson - In 2012, the city of Phoenix put up $1.5 million for repairs to Maryvale, of which $1 million will be reimbursed by the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority in 2021. The city estimated the team brings $3 million annually in economic activity, according to the Arizona Republic. The Brewers lease requires the team to give a year's notice before moving. Read More »

Rep. Joel Kleefisch Shares his Thoughts on Right-to-Work

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted March 4, 2015 2:00 AM
Rep. Joel Kleefisch Shares his Thoughts on Right-to-Work

MacIver Perspective by Rep. Joel Kleefisch - This week, Wisconsin will become the 25th state in the nation to recognize the importance of worker freedom by sending "Right to Work" legislation to the Governor's desk. Read More »

As Responsibilities Dwindle, Does Wisconsin Need a Secretary of State?

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted February 27, 2015 3:00 AM
As Responsibilities Dwindle, Does Wisconsin Need a Secretary of State?

MacIver Perspective by James Wigderson - Secretary of State Doug La Follette, the Milton Waddams of state government, is not happy with his new office assignment. Included in Governor Scott Walker's budget proposal is a plan to move La Follette into the Capitol basement to share office space with State Treasurer Matt Adamczyk. It may be the oddest pairing not on stage in a Neil Simon play. Read More »

Raising the Gas Tax is a Nonstarter in the State Senate

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted February 17, 2015 5:29 PM
Raising the Gas Tax is a Nonstarter in the State Senate

Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Vandenbroek) said in a recent editorial that lawmakers could consider a small gas tax increase. But, seemingly in response, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) said any gas tax increase would be a nonstarter in the Senate. Read More »

States Find Out Why Medicaid Expansion is a Bad Idea

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted February 16, 2015 2:00 AM
States Find Out Why Medicaid Expansion is a Bad Idea

MacIver Perspective by Nick Novak - Back in August, I wrote a column for The Washington Times calling on governors to say no to the massive boondoggle that is Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid. Read More »

PBS Stands for Public Broadcasting Subsidy

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted February 11, 2015 3:00 AM
PBS Stands for Public Broadcasting Subsidy

MacIver Perspective by James Wigderson - Watch out. If Governor Scott Walker has his way, Big Bird will be an unlucky prop at a Sarah Palin photo shoot. Christmas will be canceled at Downton Abbey. Players of the Antiques Roadshow Drinking Game will be victims of the new Prohibition. Read More »

School Report Cards Unfairly Judge Virtual Schools When It Comes to Dropouts

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted February 3, 2015 3:00 AM
School Report Cards Unfairly Judge Virtual Schools When It Comes to Dropouts

MacIver Perspective by James Wigderson - In an interview on Friday, Rick Nettesheim, the principal at the online charter school eAchieve in the Waukesha school district, said because of the unique nature of online schools, the drop-out rate as measured now unfairly punishes the wrong schools. Read More »

Rep. Hutton: Time To Repeal Prevailing Wage Law

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted February 2, 2015 12:25 PM
Rep. Hutton: Time To Repeal Prevailing Wage Law

MacIver Perspective by Rep. Rob Hutton - Today, Prevailing Wage is an archaic, inaccurate, and discriminatory law that often protects contractors with strong government ties, while boxing out smaller, independent, and minority firms. The results are wage rates that are often 20-30% over the market. Read More »

The Free Market Works, Just Ask Uber & Lyft

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted February 2, 2015 3:00 AM
The Free Market Works, Just Ask Uber & Lyft

MacIver Perspective by Nick Novak - Hailing a cab in Washington, D.C. is nearly impossible and calling one to pick you up doesn't guarantee it will actually happen, either. On a trip to D.C. about a year ago, I tried to take a cab to a meeting. After an eternal wait and no cab, one of my colleagues suggested Uber. Read More »

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