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DHS No Longer Has Medicaid Budget Gap for Fiscal Year 2015

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted October 1, 2014 4:28 PM
DHS No Longer Has Medicaid Budget Gap for Fiscal Year 2015

MacIver News Service - Wisconsin's Department of Health Services (DHS) has made up a projected budget shortfall of $93 million for its Medicaid program for the rest of Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, according to a report sent to the Joint Finance Committee. In June, DHS had predicted a need for $93 million in General Purpose Revenue (GPR) savings because of increasing costs to administer the state's Medicaid program. GPR is state tax money that comes from Wisconsin residents and businesses. Read More »

State Legislators Want to End Business Personal Property Tax

Comments | Posted in News | By Matt Crumb | Posted October 1, 2014 8:09 AM
State Legislators Want to End Business Personal Property Tax

Multiple members of the Legislative Council's Steering Committee on Personal Property Tax (PPT) have concluded that the time has come to end this tax on Wisconsin businesses. Eight of nine legislators on the Steering Committee submitted their final statements on the tax earlier this month after hearing from dozens of witnesses in three official meetings over the summer. Read More »

Friedman Foundation Study Puts Milwaukee Voucher Savings at $128 Million from 2009-2011

Comments | Posted in News | By Policy Staff | Posted October 1, 2014 12:00 AM
Friedman Foundation Study Puts Milwaukee Voucher Savings at $128 Million from 2009-2011

Americans have saved more than $1.7 billion in educational costs between 1991 and 2011 thanks to school choice programs. More than $238 million of that came from the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (MPCP). Read More »

WI Superintendent Tony Evers Lauds Reforms, Calls for Stronger Funding in 2014 State of Education Speech

Comments | Posted in News | By Policy Staff | Posted September 25, 2014 1:32 PM
WI Superintendent Tony Evers Lauds Reforms, Calls for Stronger Funding in 2014 State of Education Speech

Evers also launched the "Promoting Excellence for All" website to address the state's chronic achievement gap problems. by Christian D'Andrea MacIver Institute Education Policy Analyst Wisconsin State Superintendent Tony Evers spoke in front of a crowded rotunda at the State... Read More »

Data Shows That MPS Schools More Likely to See Violent Crimes Than 2R Charters, Voucher Schools

Comments | Posted in News | By Policy Staff | Posted September 25, 2014 10:28 AM
Data Shows That MPS Schools More Likely to See Violent Crimes Than 2R Charters, Voucher Schools

Teachers and administrators in Milwaukee Public Schools are more than twice as likely to have to call the police in their classrooms than staff in the city's voucher and independent charter schools. Read More »

Wisconsin Obamacare Exchange Insurance Rates Released for 2015

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted September 24, 2014 10:25 AM
Wisconsin Obamacare Exchange Insurance Rates Released for 2015

MacIver News Service - The Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) released 2015 rates on Wednesday for the Affordable Care Act Exchange in Wisconsin and the average plan premium will increase by three percent. Read More »

State Report Cards: Madison School District Improves Slightly To Earn C+

Comments | Posted in News | By Policy Staff | Posted September 24, 2014 2:00 AM
State Report Cards: Madison School District Improves Slightly To Earn C+

The Madison Metropolitan School District earned the equivalent of a "C+" when it came to educating students in 2013-2014. The latest version of the Department of Public Instruction's School Report Cards shows that the district's 53 schools received an average score of 69.8 out of 100 to fall near the top of the "Meets Expectations" category of the state metric. Read More »

Rapid Growth in Wisconsin's Medicaid Program Could Cause Strain on State Budget

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted September 22, 2014 1:54 PM
Rapid Growth in Wisconsin's Medicaid Program Could Cause Strain on State Budget

MacIver News Service - The Department of Health Services (DHS) has requested a $2.78 billion increase in funding for the 2015-17 biennium. The new dollars would grow the agency's total budget to nearly $23 billion, or roughly one-third of the entire state budget. Read More »

PRESS RELEASE: School Report Cards a Wake-Up Call for Milwaukee Parents and Every Wisconsinite

Comments | Posted in Featured | By Nick Novak | Posted September 19, 2014 2:00 PM
PRESS RELEASE: School Report Cards a Wake-Up Call for Milwaukee Parents and Every Wisconsinite

PRESS RELEASE - Christian D'Andrea, Education Policy Specialist at the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy, released the following statement about the lagging student performance in Milwaukee and DPI's School Report Cards. Read More »

Sound Fiscal Management Leads Unemployment Trust Fund Back to Solvency

Comments | Posted in News | By Nick Novak | Posted September 19, 2014 3:00 AM
Sound Fiscal Management Leads Unemployment Trust Fund Back to Solvency

MacIver News Service - The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced this week that all interest owed to the federal government for its loan to Wisconsin's Unemployment Insurance (UI) Trust Fund will be paid in full by June of next year. Read More »

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