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Rep. Dale Kooyenga on Tax Reform: More Work To Be Done

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted July 23, 2014 3:00 AM
Rep. Dale Kooyenga on Tax Reform: More Work To Be Done

Last year many Wisconsin residents celebrated Wisconsin's first measurable tax cuts in nearly a decade. In addition to cutting taxes, progress was made in simplifying the tax code as evidenced by the elimination of 17 tax credits, downsizing from five to four tax brackets and eliminating Wisconsin's depreciation schedules in favor of adopting federal standards. In just over two years, Wisconsin went from billions in the red, to cutting both income and property taxes. Read More »

November Medicaid Referendum About Increasing Democrat Turnout, Not Policy

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 14, 2014 8:34 AM
November Medicaid Referendum About Increasing Democrat Turnout, Not Policy

Is the effort to put a Medicaid expansion referendum question on the ballot in counties around the state about policy or politics? MacIver columnist James Wigderson weighs in on the controversy. Read More »

Water Rates Going Up Thanks to Milwaukee's Shortsightedness?

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted July 11, 2014 4:00 AM
Water Rates Going Up Thanks to Milwaukee's Shortsightedness?

Welcome to the city of Milwaukee's water economy where everything is going up, up, up! Milwaukee's water utility is asking the Public Service Commission for a second rate increase, a whopping 10.8% or $9.25 million, within a year. Read More »

Rep. John Nygren Gets Ready for Study Committee on Tech College Funding

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted July 11, 2014 2:00 AM
Rep. John Nygren Gets Ready for Study Committee on Tech College Funding

Since the mid 90's, the tech college property tax levy has increased by 156.5% which exceeds any other levy. That is an average annual growth of 5.08%, which has contributed to Wisconsin's high property tax burden relative to other states. This is not only a burden on families and senior citizens living on fixed incomes, but it also negatively impacts economic growth and home ownership. Read More »

Zweifel Foolish to Put Politics Ahead of Hard Data on Charter Schools

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Policy Staff | Posted July 3, 2014 12:00 AM
Zweifel Foolish to Put Politics Ahead of Hard Data on Charter Schools

Zweifel makes a point to spotlight problems in Michigan and Connecticut but ignores the success that has taken place in his own backyard. His editorial is a laundry list of anti-charter talking points that eschews the most important piece of the puzzle - that students in these schools are performing better than their peers. Read More »

Tax Hikes and Kickbacks: How Taxpayers Could Pay for the New Bucks Arena

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted June 30, 2014 3:00 AM
Tax Hikes and Kickbacks: How Taxpayers Could Pay for the New Bucks Arena

Most major companies have a hotline to report ethics violations such as kickbacks or bribes. If supporters of public funding for a new Bucks arena have their way, taxpayers may have to dial the hotlines for their county governments. Read More »

Is Tony Evers Using Wisconsin's School Report Cards for Political Gain?

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted June 18, 2014 9:49 AM
Is Tony Evers Using Wisconsin's School Report Cards for Political Gain?

Given Evers' recent collaboration with Eric Holder's Justice Department investigation into choice schools, which has been described by state legislators as a "fishing expedition," Evers' intentions towards school choice are even easier to read than the DPI's school report cards. Read More »

Manufactured Controversy Over Potential Sale of Vacant MPS School Will Only Serve to Hurt Students

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted June 11, 2014 7:00 AM
Manufactured Controversy Over Potential Sale of Vacant MPS School Will Only Serve to Hurt Students

St. Marcus School, a voucher school, is interested in spending between $5-8 million to develop a second campus for students in grades K-3. The institution - which currently holds a waiting list to get into its K-8 campus - had previously been thwarted from expanding when the city decided to sell the vacant Malcolm X building to a private developer. Read More »

UW-Milwaukee Professor Wrong to Claim Act 10, Tax Cuts Hurt Job Growth

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted June 9, 2014 10:34 AM
UW-Milwaukee Professor Wrong to Claim Act 10, Tax Cuts Hurt Job Growth

When Marc Levine from of the UW-Milwaukee appeared recently on UpFront with Mike Gousha to discuss job growth in Wisconsin, most viewers were probably disappointed with the analysis. After all, instead of examination of how Wisconsin fits in the national economy, the viewers were given a partisan lecture attacking Governor Scott Walker for not embracing former Governor Jim Doyle's tax-and-spend policies. Read More »

Will the Madison School Board Prove Mary Burke Wrong?

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted May 29, 2014 9:03 AM
Will the Madison School Board Prove Mary Burke Wrong?

by James Wigderson - Special Guest Perspective for the MacIver Institute | We should not have been surprised when Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke voted with the rest of the Madison school board to negotiate a contract extension with the teachers union. After all, it was just a month ago that Burke told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in a video recorded interview that she believes she didn't need Act 10 to get the same concessions from the unions. Read More »

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