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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 »

Any Education Plan, Even If Plagiarized, Is Better For Public Debate Than No Plan At All

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted September 29, 2014 4:12 PM
Any Education Plan, Even If Plagiarized, Is Better For Public Debate Than No Plan At All

James Wigderson, Special Guest Perspective for the MacIver Institute. With serious educational challenges in front of us, Wisconsinites deserve a genuine and frank discussion of ideas to help our children succeed. Read More »

Did Mary Burke Admit She has No New Policy Ideas by Plagiarizing Her Jobs Plan?

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted September 25, 2014 3:00 AM
Did Mary Burke Admit She has No New Policy Ideas by Plagiarizing Her Jobs Plan?

MacIver Perspective by James Wigderson - So what exactly are Mary Burke's plans if she becomes governor? Buzzfeed broke a second story about Burke's campaign taking passages almost verbatim from other candidates' public policy positions and using them as her own. Read More »

Misguided Act 10? Journal Sentinel Should Just "Own It"

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted September 16, 2014 2:00 AM
Misguided Act 10? Journal Sentinel Should Just

MacIver Perspectives by James Wigderson - Reading the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial on the state budget, "If there's a budget mess this time, it belongs to Gov. Scott Walker," one would get the impression the entire state is on the verge of joining Detroit as a fiscal policy disaster area. However, that is far from the truth. Read More »

At $15 an Hour, Robbie the Robot Could Replace Robbie the Fast Food Worker

Comments | Posted in mi perspectives | By Nick Novak | Posted September 10, 2014 3:00 AM
At $15 an Hour, Robbie the Robot Could Replace Robbie the Fast Food Worker

MacIver Perspectives by James Wigderson - At the risk of becoming the MacIver Institute's resident food critic, I have seen the future of frozen yogurt. In the entranceway of Woodman's grocery store in Waukesha, a kiosk robot is serving up the flavored icy treat complete with toppings. Read More »

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