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Debt Driving Milwaukee's Budget Problems, Not Lack Of State Aid

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MacIverNews | Posted July 19, 2017 5:00 AM
Debt Driving Milwaukee's Budget Problems, Not Lack Of State Aid

The tragic reality of Milwaukee's debt problem is there's no need for it. Between its tax levy, intergovernmental aid, user fees, and other financing options, Milwaukee has more than enough "revenue" to operate. In 2015, the city brought in $1.26 billion not including revenue from new bonding. That year it spent $1.06 billion not including debt service. Read More »

Reality Check: Do Wisconsinites Really Want to Pay More for Roads?

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted July 18, 2017 5:05 AM
Reality Check: Do Wisconsinites Really Want to Pay More for Roads?

By Chris Rochester - Marquette's poll, conducted at the end of June, found that a mere 23 percent of respondents identified transportation as their top priority. Even more tellingly, the poll also found that a slim majority - 51 percent - of those who said transportation is their highest priority would not be willing to pay higher taxes for it. Read More »

Shankland's Health Insurance Rhetoric is Just Plain Wrong

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 26, 2017 3:26 PM
Shankland's Health Insurance Rhetoric is Just Plain Wrong

By Chris Rochester - Nygren was right. Shankland should be ashamed of herself - not just for her ignorance and over-the-top death mongering rhetoric on health insurance, but for her unabashed eagerness to throw gasoline on the political bonfire that nearly took a congressman's life. Read More »

King Chris Larceny...err Larson is the Poster Child for What's Wrong with Progressive Liberals

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 26, 2017 5:00 AM
King Chris Larceny...err Larson is the Poster Child for What's Wrong with Progressive Liberals

By Mikel Kwaku Osha Holt - There are several possible reasons to explain why State Senator Chris Larson attempted to derail bipartisan legislation that would bring greater accountability to the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, but neither bodes well for the Democratic Party or poor Black folks already confused by the self-righteous position of so-called "progressive liberals." Read More »

Nickel: I Ran Wisconsin's Successful High-Risk Pool Before Obamacare. It Actually Worked.

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 23, 2017 12:00 PM
Nickel: I Ran Wisconsin's Successful High-Risk Pool Before Obamacare. It Actually Worked.

By Ted Nickel - The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is falling apart. One third of US counties have only one health insurer offering coverage on the federal exchange. Fortunately, Republicans' plan to repeal and replace Obamacare provides a strong starting point for implementing a HIRSP 2.0 utilizing federal dollars to ensure affordable and accessible coverage for all individuals with pre-existing conditions. Read More »

Wisconsin Assembly, U.S. Supreme Court Reaffirm Free Speech

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 23, 2017 5:00 AM
Wisconsin Assembly, U.S. Supreme Court Reaffirm Free Speech

By Jessica Murphy - In the case Matal v. Tam, an Asian-American dance-rock band was denied trademark rights to their band name "The Slants" because it was deemed a racial slur. On Monday, the Supreme Court stood up for free speech, striking down the law that allowed "disparaging" trademarks to be blocked by the Patent and Trademark Office. The unanimous 8-0 vote shows that free speech is indeed a nonpartisan issue - something Wisconsin Democrats would do well to learn. Read More »

Snowflakes Beware: Free Speech May be Back in Vogue

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 22, 2017 11:29 AM
Snowflakes Beware: Free Speech May be Back in Vogue

Special Guest Perspective By Judge Jim Troupis - As with so much that transpires in the legal doctrine of free speech, it's not surprising that "slants", a derogatory term if there ever was one, will now enter the lexicon. In a decision with implications across a broad swath of 21st Century American life, the Court laid down a clear marker--"this far and no farther." Read More »

The Democrats vs. the Department of Public Instruction

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 22, 2017 9:08 AM
The Democrats vs. the Department of Public Instruction

By Ola Lisowski - On Wednesday, the Assembly passed a long, technical bill making changes to Wisconsin's school choice programs. If signed into law, choice schools will - for the first time - be required to conduct background checks on employees. The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is supportive of the bill and twice testified in favor of it. And yet, 30 Democrats in the Assembly and five Democrats in the Senate voted against the legislation. Read More »

It's Time to Finally Fix the Housing Market

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 15, 2017 2:59 PM
It's Time to Finally Fix the Housing Market

Now is the time for Congress to fix Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Read More »

Nelson Tries Cashing in on Failed Medicaid Confrontation With Walker

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 2, 2017 5:00 AM
Nelson Tries Cashing in on Failed Medicaid Confrontation With Walker

Special Guest Perspective by James Wigderson - Outagamic County Executive is using last month's failed confrontation stunt with Gov. Walker to raise money and push a tired Medicaid expansion agenda. The policies he supports are already costing taxpayers a lot of money, and would only cost more. Read More »

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