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County Sales Tax for Roads is a Step Backward

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted February 8, 2016 10:03 AM
County Sales Tax for Roads is a Step Backward

Special Guest Perspective by James Wigderson - A proposal to allow counties to raise taxes 0.5 percent to pay for road costs is on the highway to passage by the Assembly this week. This bill moves Wisconsin taxes in the wrong direction, fails to solve the long-term problem, and sets the state back in more ways than one. Read More »

Milwaukee's Lead Pipe Problem

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted February 3, 2016 12:05 AM
Milwaukee's Lead Pipe Problem

Special Guest Perspective by James Wigderson - As Milwaukeeans are shipping bottled water off to Flint, Michigan residents, they are discovering that Milwaukee has its own lead pipe problem. But with the city obsessed over frivolities like streetcars and shrines to global warming, opportunities to fix the problem have passed by. Read More »

As America Celebrates School Choice Week, Wisconsin Has Work To Do

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted January 28, 2016 12:05 AM
As America Celebrates School Choice Week, Wisconsin Has Work To Do

Special Guest Perspective by James Wigderson - As we celebrate National School Choice week, Wisconsinites should be celebrating. It's been over 25 years since former Governor Tommy Thompson signed the law that allowed the first school choice program with private schools participating. While we have much to be thankful for, not all of our children have equal opportunity in their education. Read More »

"Special Legislative Reception"

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted January 21, 2016 1:51 PM

Special Guest Perspective by James Wigderson - It would be interesting to hear why Wisconsin consumers are better off paying higher prices. It would be good to hear such "mom and pop" operations like Kwik Trip and Woodman's defend needing a state agency like the DATCP to police the pricing of their competitors. Read More »

You Subsidize Chariot Horse Racing, 21st Century Style

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted January 12, 2016 5:00 AM
You Subsidize Chariot Horse Racing, 21st Century Style

Special Guest Perspective by James Wigderson - I always knew the state was gambling too much on entertainment, but this is ridiculous. We're not horsing around when we say that state government is still too big. To give you an example of the ridiculous reach of government spending, the state of Wisconsin is actually on the hook for half of a $500 cash prize for winners of harness horse racing at county fairs. Read More »

Legislative Heavy Lifting Doesn't End Here

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted January 4, 2016 12:05 AM
Legislative Heavy Lifting Doesn't End Here

Special Guest Perspective by James Wigderson - Conservative legislators gifted Wisconsin with a range of legislation too broad to briefly list. But the work is far from over. In 2016, Wisconsin must continue the march toward free market, pro-taxpayer reform. We can't slam on the brakes halfway through the intersection. Read More »

Paris Climate Conference Nothing But Hot Air

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted January 2, 2016 12:05 AM
Paris Climate Conference Nothing But Hot Air

The hype and hyperbole leading up to the COP 21 Climate Conference last month in Paris was amazing, but what came out of it? A meaningless agreement that illustrates the absurdity of the Clean Power Plan. MacIver Institute president Brett Healy elaborates in Friday's Journal Sentinel. Read More »

Media Coverage is Lacking on Bill Switching Some 17-Year-Old Offenders to Juvenile System

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted December 21, 2015 11:00 AM
Media Coverage is Lacking on Bill Switching Some 17-Year-Old Offenders to Juvenile System

MacIver Perspective by Ola Lisowski - A recent Journal Times article covers a bill currently circulating in the Wisconsin Legislature. Unfortunately for the readers of that publication, by failing to question county officials' cost estimates, the article fails to examine the problem. Read More »

Erpenbach Makes Wisconsin Taxpayers Sick

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted December 17, 2015 12:04 AM
Erpenbach Makes Wisconsin Taxpayers Sick

Guest Perspective by James Wigderson - The Medicaid expansion has resurfaced, but it's still bad for Wisconsin taxpayers. New numbers from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau describe how much the expansion will set back the federal government - and people who pay federal income taxes. Read More »

Self-Insurance Switch Could Save Wisconsin Millions

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted December 14, 2015 12:05 AM
Self-Insurance Switch Could Save Wisconsin Millions

Guest Perspective by James Wigderson - Wisconsin legislators should consider switching the state to a self-funded health insurance model to save money and avoid the "Cadillac Tax" and another fee hidden in Obamacare that will cost the state tens of millions of dollars in coming years. Read More »

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