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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 »

Want to Save Taxpayer Money on the Bucks Arena? Here's How.

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted June 22, 2015 10:00 AM
Want to Save Taxpayer Money on the Bucks Arena? Here's How.

MacIver Perspective by Nick Novak - From what we have seen, the proposed plan for a new Bucks arena in downtown Milwaukee is anything but a win for taxpayers. Estimates put the total cost to taxpayers at $400 million, and there is very little return for that money. To take this deal from being bad for taxpayers to being less bad for taxpayers, we at the MacIver Institute have some ideas. Read More »

Legislators Playing Politics with Transportation Budget

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted June 19, 2015 7:30 AM
Legislators Playing Politics with Transportation Budget

In a rare case of public disagreement, Republican leaders have made it abundantly clear they are not even close to having a deal on the transportation budget. It has been nearly three weeks since the Joint Committee on Finance last met as leaders in the Assembly and Senate have been trying to create the magic formula to finish their deliberations on Gov. Scott Walker's budget. Read More »

Taxpayers Need Another Bold Stroke From Lawmakers on Prevailing Wage

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted June 17, 2015 2:30 AM
Taxpayers Need Another Bold Stroke From Lawmakers on Prevailing Wage

MacIver Perspective by Nick Novak - The time for big and bold reforms is not over, though. Wisconsin is still harmed by outdated policies that cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars a year. One such policy is prevailing wage. While it may sound good on the surface, prevailing wage artificially increases the costs of public projects by double digits. Read More »

When it Comes to Transportation Spending, Can Legislators Stomach Saying No?

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Matt Crumb | Posted June 16, 2015 3:00 AM
When it Comes to Transportation Spending, Can Legislators Stomach Saying No?

MacIver Institute - Mysteriously absent from the transportation funding debate is any serious analysis on the quality and quantity of DOT spending. While special interests and public officials continue to beg for more money, Wisconsinites only see orange barrels and road construction everywhere they go. A closer look at current and near-future projects at DOT, as well as some questionable purchases, raises questions on how the agency is spending taxpayer money. Here are some facts on a few priorities that may deserve further scrutiny. Read More »

Superintendent Cheatham Upset Legislators Want To Fix Madison's Achievement Gap?

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted June 15, 2015 10:30 AM
Superintendent Cheatham Upset Legislators Want To Fix Madison's Achievement Gap?

MacIver Perspective by Brett Healy - Cheatham should not have been surprised because, as she knows all too well, Madison has one of the worst achievement gaps in the state. It is the dirty little secret that no one in Madison likes to talk about. Read More »

Expand Free Trade to Help Grow America's Economy

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted June 12, 2015 12:30 AM
Expand Free Trade to Help Grow America's Economy

From The Washington Times - Without trade, one in five workers in the United States would not have a job. That is how important trade is to our economy, and that is why it must continue to be expanded through global partnerships and trade agreements. Read More »

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