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Democrats' K-12 Plan Would Spend Nearly $730 Million More than Governor

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 26, 2017 5:00 AM
Democrats' K-12 Plan Would Spend Nearly $730 Million More than Governor

By Ola Lisowski - Democrats on the Joint Finance Committee released their own K-12 education funding plan to counter competing proposals by Gov. Scott Walker and Assembly Republicans. The plan would spend $728 million more than Walker's proposal over two years. The proposal, which the four JFC Democrats introduced at a June 22 press conference, takes several ideas from both the Walker and Assembly plans, though it would put more money into nearly every line item. Read More »

1 Closed-Door Meeting On Controversial Booze Regs, 2 Very Different Stories

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 24, 2017 5:04 PM
1 Closed-Door Meeting On Controversial Booze Regs, 2 Very Different Stories

By M.D. Kittle and Bill Osmulski - A high-profile meeting last Thursday attended by many - but not all - of the stakeholders affected by proposed changes to the system regulating Wisconsin's alcoholic beverage industry ended with very different accounts of what transpired and more questions than answers, multiple sources tell MacIver News Service. Read More »

Prevailing Wage Reform Snarled In Transportation Gridlock; Dems Push Suspect Report

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 22, 2017 11:02 AM
Prevailing Wage Reform Snarled In Transportation Gridlock; Dems Push Suspect Report

By M.D. Kittle - There are two things you need to know upfront about the state of prevailing wage reform in Wisconsin: prevailing wage reform is trapped inside the GOP-controlled Legislature's snarled transportation debate, and Democrats this week held a sparsely covered press conference to promote a deeply flawed study suggesting repeal could cost taxpayer money. Read More »

Healy: Anthem's Withdrawal from Wisconsin Market Another Sign of Obamacare's Collapse

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 21, 2017 4:01 PM
Healy: Anthem's Withdrawal from Wisconsin Market Another Sign of Obamacare's Collapse

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield announced on Wednesday it would exit the Wisconsin individual insurance market at the end of the year, yet another clear sign that Obamacare's collapse is happening right before our eyes. Read More »

Sources: Speaker To Powwow With Stakeholders On Controversial Alcohol Law Changes

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 21, 2017 1:38 PM
Sources: Speaker To Powwow With Stakeholders On Controversial Alcohol Law Changes

By M.D. Kittle - The so-called "drafting instructions" that would further restrict Wisconsin breweries, distillers and winemakers from expanding into other areas of alcoholic beverage sales is still alive and well, sources tell MacIver News Service. Read More »

No Connection Between Spending and Best Local Roads in State

Comments | Posted in News | By MacIverNews | Posted June 21, 2017 5:38 AM
No Connection Between Spending and Best Local Roads in State

MacIver News - Public officials in Marquette County apparently know how to get the biggest bang for their buck when it comes to transportation. They have the best roads in the state, while receiving almost the smallest amount of state aid per mile, according to the DOT and the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. Read More »

Election Law Expert: SCOTUS Should 'Stomp On' Wisconsin Redistricting Ruling

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 20, 2017 2:54 PM
Election Law Expert: SCOTUS Should 'Stomp On' Wisconsin Redistricting Ruling

By M.D. Kittle - The U.S. Supreme Court has the opportunity to "stomp on" a badly flawed lower court decision declaring unconstitutional Wisconsin's legislative district map, according to a national expert on the constitution. Read More »

Grover Norquist Congratulates Wisconsin For Leading The Way - Again - On Government Reform

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 18, 2017 9:47 PM
Grover Norquist Congratulates Wisconsin For Leading The Way - Again - On Government Reform

MacIver News - Tax reform guru Grover Norquist predicts 10 states will pass REINS Act legislation in the coming year, and he asserts Wisconsin can take a bow for that. Read More »

Weekly Roundup: Top 10 Stories in Wisconsin Politics

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 16, 2017 5:45 PM
Weekly Roundup: Top 10 Stories in Wisconsin Politics

Happy Friday, readers! It was a busy week in Madison. The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) whirred back into action after a two-week break on budget voting, taking up issues such as self-insurance and the Department of Corrections. Both the full Assembly and the Senate also met on Wednesday, and committees in both houses held hearings throughout the week. Read More »

'Wisconsin Is A Lot Freer Than It Was A Month Ago': Old Cookie Law Crumbles

Comments | Posted in News | By MI President Brett Healy | Posted June 16, 2017 5:00 PM
'Wisconsin Is A Lot Freer Than It Was A Month Ago': Old Cookie Law Crumbles

By M.D. Kittle - Thanks to a southwest Wisconsin judge, a free-market law firm and some very persistent "cookie ladies," small bakers of brownies, muffins and cookies no longer have to fear going to jail or paying big fines for selling their goods. Read More »

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