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To Stop Income Drain, Wisconsin Must Continue Reforming and Reducing Taxes According to New Report

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted August 18, 2014 12:00 PM
To Stop Income Drain, Wisconsin Must Continue Reforming and Reducing Taxes According to New Report

MacIver Perspectives by Brett Healy - Wisconsin is headed in the right direction, but there is still a lot of work to do because too many of our fellow Wisconsinites are leaving the state for better tax climates and taking their money with them. On average, Wisconsin loses $136 million a year in adjusted gross income (AGI) from residents moving to other states. Read More »

Four Years Later - Another Liberal Group Whining about (Not-So) High-Speed Rail?

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted August 18, 2014 3:00 AM
Four Years Later - Another Liberal Group Whining about (Not-So) High-Speed Rail?

MacIver Perspectives by James Wigderson - Drivers along I-94 near Oconomowoc may have noticed a new billboard attempting to distract them. The Environmental Law and Policy Center, based in Chicago, is trying to revive the debate over so-called high speed rail. Read More »

Poor Policies in Milwaukee Leading to Multiple Tom Barrett Challengers?

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted August 13, 2014 3:00 AM
Poor Policies in Milwaukee Leading to Multiple Tom Barrett Challengers?

MacIver Perspectives by James Wigderson - Alderman Bob Donovan declared his candidacy well in advance of the 2016 mayoral election but there's a strong possibility he will not be Barrett's only challenger. Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is also considering a run while Alderman Joe Davis has created an exploratory committee. As these things go, more candidates may jump in if they think Barrett is vulnerable. Read More »

Gwen Moore Distorts Facts in Attack on Scott Walker's Policies

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted July 28, 2014 3:00 AM
Gwen Moore Distorts Facts in Attack on Scott Walker's Policies

MI Perspective by James Wigderson - Milwaukee area Congressman Gwen Moore was on UpFront with Mike Gousha recently to talk about the Democratic primary election challenge from former State Senator Gary George. Instead of focusing on her campaign, Moore instead attacked Scott Walker's policies. Read More »

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 »

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