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Medicare, Medicaid in Need of Major Reforms After 50 Years

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted July 31, 2015 3:00 AM
Medicare, Medicaid in Need of Major Reforms After 50 Years

On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill into law that created the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs. While both started with good intent, the past 50 years have left the American public with two massive entitlements that are in dire need of reform. Read More »

Insulated GAB Chair Shows No Respect for the First Amendment

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted July 30, 2015 3:00 AM
Insulated GAB Chair Shows No Respect for the First Amendment

Guest Perspective by James Wigderson - Retired Judge Gerald Nichol, the chairman of the Government Accountability Board, has an interesting definition of accountability. On UpFront with Mike Gousha, the first question to Nichol was about the board's unaccountable structure. He disagreed by pointing out that the board is made up of appointed, retired judges. Read More »

Seriously, The Private Sector is Cheaper and More Efficient than Government

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted July 27, 2015 3:00 AM
Seriously, The Private Sector is Cheaper and More Efficient than Government

MacIver Perspective by Matt Crumb - There have been two great examples in recent months of how local units of government can utilize the private sector to bring about real savings for their taxpayers. Imagine that, the private sector can do something better and cheaper than government. Read More »

Major Changes Needed After Supreme Court Strikes Down John Doe Abuse

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted July 22, 2015 3:00 AM
Major Changes Needed After Supreme Court Strikes Down John Doe Abuse

Guest Perspective by James Wigderson - The state Supreme Court announced Thursday a four to two decision to end the "second John Doe," the coordinated secret investigation, political in nature, into the issue-advocacy activities of Wisconsin conservatives. July 16, 2015, should be commemorated in Wisconsin as holiday celebrating the return of the First Amendment. Read More »

Wisconsin's Economic Future Much Brighter than Minnesota

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted July 17, 2015 3:00 AM
Wisconsin's Economic Future Much Brighter than Minnesota

Guest Perspective by Kurt Bauer - Walker's Wisconsin and Dayton's Minnesota are a case study of economic contrast. Minnesota has a head start, but a better Wisconsin business climate will lead to a better Wisconsin economy. The opposite is true for Minnesota. Read More »

10 Ways To Improve The 2015-2017 State Budget

Comments | Posted in Fast Facts | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 10, 2015 9:21 PM
10 Ways To Improve The 2015-2017 State Budget

10 Quick and Painless Ways to Make a Very Good Budget Even Better Read More »

And Darkness Descended Upon Wisconsin

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 5, 2015 8:43 PM
And Darkness Descended Upon Wisconsin

by James Wigderson Special Guest Perspective for the MacIver Institute Despite the light of the full moon, darkness descended upon Wisconsin's government. On Thursday night the Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee voted to gut Wisconsin's open records law. In... Read More »

King v. Burwell Decision - A Blow to True Health Care Reform or Relief for Scott Walker?

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted July 2, 2015 3:00 AM
King v. Burwell Decision - A Blow to True Health Care Reform or Relief for Scott Walker?

Guest Perspective by James Wigderson - Instead of a political debate, and a political process, causing a change to a post-Obamacare world, Americans were given a Supreme Court decision that undermined the legitimacy of the court. The court has now become a political body rewriting the law, even ignoring the plain meaning of the law, for the sake of convenience. Read More »

Bucks Arena Plan: It Might Not Be 'Cheaper to Keep Them'

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted June 30, 2015 12:45 PM
Bucks Arena Plan: It Might Not Be 'Cheaper to Keep Them'

Details of the proposal for a new Bucks arena in downtown Milwaukee were released on Monday, and an analysis by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) highlighted some bad news for supporters of the plan: it might not be cheaper to keep the Bucks in Wisconsin. Read More »

Advice to Taxpayers: Find Out Where Your Transportation Dollars are Going

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted June 24, 2015 2:00 AM
Advice to Taxpayers: Find Out Where Your Transportation Dollars are Going

Summer is here, and that means America is hitting the roads for family road-trips, driving into town for big concerts or just letting the top down for a joy ride. Meanwhile, Congress and state legislatures across the nation can't figure out how to sustainably fund their transportation budgets to keep those roads serviceable. Read More »

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