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Wisconsin Works for Everyone: Welfare Reform in Walker's Budget Proposal

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted March 23, 2017 10:42 AM
Wisconsin Works for Everyone: Welfare Reform in Walker's Budget Proposal

By Ola Lisowski - One major component of Gov. Scott Walker's 2017-2019 biennial budget proposal is the emphasis on different kinds of welfare reform. The Walker team began unveiling their "Wisconsin Works for Everyone" plan, also known as W-2, as early as January of this year. As continued preparation for the coming Joint Committee on Finance agency briefings and public hearings, let's revisit the plan. Read More »

Budget Bracketology

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted March 22, 2017 5:00 AM
Budget Bracketology

The Sweet 16 is here! The 2017-2019 State Budget Sweet 16, of course. Fill out your bracket ranking your favorite item in Governor Walker's proposed budget. You, the taxpayer, are in charge. Which "team" will come out on top? Income tax cuts or a property tax freeze? No gas tax increase or more money for K-12 education? You make the call. The "team" with the most votes advances to the next round. Read More »

Governor Walker's 2017-2019 Budget Overview

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted March 20, 2017 5:00 AM
Governor Walker's 2017-2019 Budget Overview

Earlier this month, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau completed its analysis of the budget and released its 504-page summary of the governor's budget recommendations. We break it down. Read More »

Biennial Budget Analysis: Spotlight on UW

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted March 20, 2017 4:15 AM
Biennial Budget Analysis: Spotlight on UW

By Ola Lisowski - In February, Gov. Scott Walker introduced his biennial budget for 2017-2019, officially launching this year's budget season. With the news that the Joint Finance Committee has finalized its dates for the forthcoming public hearings around the state, it's a good time to review what's in the queue for the University of Wisconsin System in this budget. Read More »

K-12 Education in Walker's Proposed Budget

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted March 20, 2017 4:00 AM
K-12 Education in Walker's Proposed Budget

By Ola Lisowski - Now that the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau's budget analysis is finally available to the public, let's look back at Gov. Scott Walker's K-12 education proposals for the 2017-19 biennial budget. Overall, the Department of Public Instruction sees a large increase of overall funding - $648.2 million more in total school aid than the last budget, a 6.0 percent increase. Read More »

Walker's Plans for the Transportation Budget

Comments | Posted in News | By MacIverNews | Posted March 20, 2017 1:03 AM
Walker's Plans for the Transportation Budget

By Bill Osmulski - Transportation will be the center of controversial during the budget debate, and it's expected many decisions will be decided based on their potential impact to road funding. Under Walker's budget, the Department of Transportation would receive $5.9 billion in all funds over the biennium. That's a 6.4% increase from the current budget, or $359 million. Read More »

Sunshine Week Promotes Transparency and Accountability in Government

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted March 13, 2017 4:18 PM
Sunshine Week Promotes Transparency and Accountability in Government

It's Sunshine Week, an annual celebration of government transparency and accountability, a topic of great importance to all Wisconsin taxpayers. Read More »

Chart of the Day: Parent Satisfaction with District, Charter, Private Schools

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted March 10, 2017 4:00 AM
Chart of the Day: Parent Satisfaction with District, Charter, Private Schools

MacIver News Service - The research group Education Next has released a report that surveys parent satisfaction across different types of schools, including traditional public schools, charter schools, and private schools. The survey, which is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, found that charter school parents are 13 percentage points more satisfied with expectations for student achievement than district school parents. Read More »

The Many Methods Of Rating Roads Leads To Confusion

Comments | Posted in News | By MacIverNews | Posted March 6, 2017 4:00 AM
The Many Methods Of Rating Roads Leads To Confusion

The DOT uses the International Roughness Index (IRI) to determine how smooth roads are, which is required for federal reports. It also uses the Pavement Condition Index (PCI) to determine the overall integrity of roads, which relies on an individual engineer's personal assessment of photographed cracks on the surface. Then there are local units of government, which required to collect data on local roads. Most use a system similar to PCI called PACER. The DOT says PACER data cannot be used together with PCI, because they use different measurement scales. All these methods require different equipment for collection. Read More »

National Study: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Underserving Black Students

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted March 2, 2017 8:00 AM
National Study: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Underserving Black Students

MacIver News Service - Only one in five black students graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in six years, a new study from the Education Trust has revealed. The survey, which uses data from the national Center for Education Statistics, examined graduation rates among black students at 676 colleges and identified UWM as one of 21 universities with the worst academic outcomes for black students. Read More »

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