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Wisconsin Claims Victory Over Ohio on Medicaid Expansion Decision

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted December 8, 2014 11:04 AM
Wisconsin Claims Victory Over Ohio on Medicaid Expansion Decision

MacIver Perspective by James Wigderson - It's been called the first debate of the 2016 campaign. Which governor's approach to Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act was the best approach for their state? Was it Governor Scott Walker's rejection of the proposed Medicaid expansion in Wisconsin? Or was it Governor John Kasich's endorsement of Medicaid expansion in Ohio? Read More »

It's Time for Truth in Medicare Accounting

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted December 1, 2014 7:30 AM
It's Time for Truth in Medicare Accounting

MI Perspective by Brett Healy and Patrick Gleason - The first step to reforming Medicare is to address accounting gimmicks that hide the true cost of the program. Medicare currently operates under a phony spending baseline that conceals its true cost. Read More »

Barrett Taking Taxpayers for a Ride with Milwaukee Streetcar Proposal?

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted November 26, 2014 3:00 AM
Barrett Taking Taxpayers for a Ride with Milwaukee Streetcar Proposal?

MI Perspective by James Wigderson - Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has a new scheme worked out to get his fixed-rail streetcar built. He's going to increase the project's size and cost. According to the Milwaukee Business Journal, Barrett's new streetcar plan would make the track 4.6 miles in length and the project would cost $123.9 million. That's an increase of $59.3 million, or nearly double what was originally planned. Read More »

Appleton's School Report Cards Show How Valuable Charter Schools Can Be, Even Outside Milwaukee

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Policy Staff | Posted November 24, 2014 3:00 AM
Appleton's School Report Cards Show How Valuable Charter Schools Can Be, Even Outside Milwaukee

MI Perspective by Christian D'Andrea - Appleton Area Public Schools boast some of the highest-performing classrooms amongst the state's largest districts, they just happen to be in the city's charter schools. Read More »

Wisconsin State Legislature to Decide Fate of New Bucks Arena?

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted November 17, 2014 3:00 AM
Wisconsin State Legislature to Decide Fate of New Bucks Arena?

MI Perspective by James Wigderson - The ball is in the legislature's court. Last week State Rep Robin Vos released a memo from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau saying the income tax revenue generated from the Milwaukee Bucks players, personnel and visiting teams could fund $150 million in bonding over twenty years. The revenue generated in 2012 was $10.7 million. Read More »

The (Un)Affordable Care Act

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Matt Crumb | Posted November 11, 2014 10:16 AM
The (Un)Affordable Care Act

With a new Obamacare enrollment season starting this week, the reality is that the Affordable Care Act has been anything but affordable. A new study from the Brookings Institution shows premiums have shot up 24.4 percent over how they would have increased without Obamacare. Wisconsin joins 44 states in which health premiums have risen, and future happenings stand to further increase the financial burden for the insured and for taxpayers. Read More »

Wisconsin Reformed Medicaid the Right Way, Saved Taxpayers Millions

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted November 3, 2014 3:00 AM
Wisconsin Reformed Medicaid the Right Way, Saved Taxpayers Millions

MacIver Perspective - For the first time in Wisconsin's history, every single person living in poverty has access to health care coverage through BadgerCare, the state's Medicaid plan. In fact, every single person in Wisconsin has access to some type of affordable care, whether it is from BadgerCare, a private insurance plan through an employer or the federal health care exchange. Read More »

Minimum Wage Hike Not in Best Interest of Low Wage Workers

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted October 23, 2014 3:00 AM
Minimum Wage Hike Not in Best Interest of Low Wage Workers

Raising the minimum wage will actually hurt the workers the proposal's proponents claim to want to help. A study by the Wisconsin Restaurant Association says the increase to $10.10 per hour will result in a loss of 16,500 minimum wage jobs, including 11,070 under 21. In the "war on women," women would lose 9,200 jobs if the minimum wage was increased. Read More »

Medicaid Expansion: Poorer Health Outcomes at a Higher Cost for Taxpayers

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted October 15, 2014 9:45 AM
Medicaid Expansion: Poorer Health Outcomes at a Higher Cost for Taxpayers

MacIver Perspective by James Wigderson - At Friday night's debate, Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke said Governor Scott Walker's decision not to expand Medicaid eligibility to 133% of the federal poverty line was "fiscally irresponsible," but in reality, accepting the expansion is the fiscally irresponsible thing to do. Read More »

'I'd Be Happy to Pay Higher Taxes on Beer,' Said No Wisconsinite Ever

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted October 8, 2014 3:00 AM
'I'd Be Happy to Pay Higher Taxes on Beer,' Said No Wisconsinite Ever

MacIver Perspective by James Wigderson - It's bad enough that some business leaders and Milwaukee elected officials want the surrounding counties to pay for a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks. But now they're talking about taxing our beer, and those are fighting words. Read More »

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